Corruption Of Worship By Aestheticism

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Because worship reveals both the terrifying power of God and his awesome mystery, it cannot always be aesthetically pleasing. Worship is a rehearsal of God's saving acts in history. Art and beauty may serve it, but must never dominate.

The next false gospel to be identified as threatening worship today can be described as the corruption of "aestheticism. " By "aestheticism" we mean the autonomy with which art insinuates its vision of reality into liturgy and takes captive the Christian...


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