Crisis of Transcendence

Crisis of Transcendence : A Theology of Digital Art and Culture

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Through an experimental interpretation of digital art, Sage Elwell offers a critical reflection on how digital technology is changing us and the world we live in at a level of religious significance. Employing a theological aesthetic of digital art, this book seeks to understand how the advent of digital technology as a revolutionary cultural medium is transforming the ways we think about God, the soul, and more

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  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0739141082
  • 9780739141083
  • 2,126,991

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At the cusp of the post-human age, theologians and humanists are challenged to rethink and, infinitely more important, re-imagine the regions where the human overlaps with the animal, the technological, and the divine. Elwell's The Crisis of Transcendence amplifies the possibilities at the edge of this crisis. The 'experimental theology of culture' provided herein is necessary to the survival of the scientist, the artist, and the theologian alike. -- S. Brent Plate, author of Blasphemy: Art that Offends and Walter Benjamin, Religion, and Aesthetics Elwell breaks new ground in The Crisis of Transcendence, by exploring the concept of liminality at the intersection of technology, the arts and theology. -- Hans Breder, University of Iowa This work in the theology of culture unfolds through a well-organized structure: Elwell builds his model of digital art using four relationships between form and content. For each of these relationships, he correlates a specific artistic movement, an interpretive logic, and a theological diagnosis related to our cultural understanding of technology. His examination of the movements of digital art-rather than more traditional artworks-makes this an important contribution to religion and the arts, while its theological argument offers an unusual (and worthwhile) mediation of contemporary theological engagement with technology. Religious Studies Reviewshow more

About J. Sage Elwell

Sage Elwell is assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Texas Christian more