ARTS 25.1 is the most recent issue of ARTS. Released in November 2013, this issue marks our 25th anniversary. In this issue, Wilson Yates surveys the 25-year history of ARTS in, “It Began in the Lobby of the Algonquin: A Reflection on the History of ARTS.” Cambridge University scholar, Graham Howes, contributes a provocative piece, “Christian Wisdom and the Visual Arts,” in which he challenges some mainstays in the religion and arts dialogue, including the belief that all art is religious, that art always sustains faith, and that the two, art and religion, are intrinsically related and mutually dependent upon one another. We publish three poems by Pamela S. Wynn: My Dream About God; Belief; and Back Roads. Another British scholar, Charles Pickstone, examines the revolutionary dimension of the work of four artists short-listed for the prestigious Turner Prize in England: Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare, and Gillian Wearing, in his essay, “Art, Religion, and the Public Sphere.” Jim Malone, former Dean of the Medical School at Trinity College, Dublin, writes of John Synge’s painting, Schrodinger in the Hand of God, as a means to explore the importance of creativity in science as in art, and to foster a contemplative spirit in both science and art, in “Schrodinger: Risking Mystery and Creativity in Science.” Bobbi Dykema, professor of humanities and world religions at Strayer University, explores artist Mel Ahlborn’s appropriation of the Roman Catholic tradition of supplication to the Virgin in face of serious illness in “Hope, Presence, Dignity, and Pain: Mel Ahlborn’s Modern Love: Intercess and Wait.” Mel Ahlborn’s image, Genomic Madonna, is featured on the cover of this issue. Canadian artist Bob Haverluck retells the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, in word and image, in his offering, “The King of BIGGER and MORE.” Finally, the issue reviews recent titles in theology and the arts, including Cecilia González-Andrieu’s Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty, reviewed by Kimberly Vrudny. Four additional titles are noted by Mark McInroy: Ruth Illman and W. Alan Smith, Theology and the Arts: Engaging Faith (New York: Routledge, 2013); Oleg V. Bychkov and James Fodor, eds., Theological Aesthetics after von Balthasar (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008); Christopher Irvine, The Cross and Creation in Christian Liturgy and Art (London: SPCK, 2013); and Aidan Nichols, Redeeming Beauty: Soundings in Sacral Aesthetics (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007).
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