Vol. 26, No. 3 (2015)


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In this issue, ARTS demonstrates its continued commitment to treat themes of social justice with its feature article on the Stations of the Holocaust by Jean Lamb. The English artist reflects on the impact of the Second World War on her own family, and contemplates each Station in light of the impact of the fateful night Jesus was betrayed on the history of the Jewish people. While she admits the controversial dimension of her work, her intention is to foster peace and mutual understanding in the world today.

This issue of ARTS also looks intently, and in varying ways, at the end of life. Wilson Yates memorializes two giants in the field of theology and the arts whom we have lost: Tom Devonshire Jones, one of the founders of our sister organization in England (ACE: Art and Christianity Enquiry), and Jane Daggett Dillenberger, who taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Peter L. Doebler offers reflections about how age seems to affect how Rembrandt approaches the figures of Simeon and Anna over time in “The Art of Patience: Reading Late Life with Rembrandt.” We are also blessed with the poetic genius of Julie Cadwallader Staub in this issue, who gives us five poems on grief and loss.

We are also publishing the keynote address from the SARTS meeting which met in San Diego in 2014. Wilson Yates, the former senior editor of this journal and professor emeritus of religion, society, and the arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, implores theologians to recognize that “artworks are autonomous forms that have a presence of their own. They have an origin in the imagination and skill of an artist. The work of art and its artist, if invited to do so, will come to the table of conversation with a dynamic voice that manifests itself in both a receptivity and response in the act of interpretation.” He advocates for a dialogical methodology in “Theology and the Arts After Seventy Years: Toward a Dialogical Approach.”

John Shorb interviews Kikuko Morimoto, whose work was recently exhibited at the Brooklyn Zen Center. And we round out the issue with a particularly robust set of book reviews and book notes, with longer reviews of Jane Dillenberger and John Handley’s The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso and James Romaine and Linda Stratford’s edited volume, ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art. Mark McInroy also provides book notes for three recently published books: Kathryn B. Alexander’s Saving Beauty: A Theological Aesthetics of Nature; Roger Scruton’s The Soul of the World; and Brendan Thomas Sammon’s The God Who is Beauty: Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite.

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