The Metaphor of Art and Religion

Date(s) - 09/10/2022
9:30 am - 11:00 am

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The Metaphor of Art and Religion
Sixteenth Fay and Alfred C. Grosse Seminar on Religion and the Literary Arts
Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:30 to 11:00 am CT

We live by metaphors. At birth we’re thrown into the world, we grow up, work hard, fall in love, raise kids, spend time with them, and then kick the bucket. All of this is metaphor: thrown, up, hard, fall, raise, spend, and kick. Metaphors are the warp and woof that forms the fabric of our being and knowing. This Fay and Alfred C. Grosse Seminar on Religion and the Literary Arts examines how metaphors shape our world and how we know that world. Beginning with an intriguing theory on the nature of metaphors and where they come from, we then explore exactly what metaphors do and how they do it before applying these provocative ideas to art and religion. Our seminar then concludes with the bold suggestion that art and religion share a common metaphorical structure and that the implications of this are both potentially empowering and challenging.

J. Sage Elwell, PhD, is Chair of the Religion Department and Associate Professor of Religion and Art at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Religion and the Digital Arts, Inspired By the Word: The Bible Through the Eyes of the Great Masters, and Crisis of Transcendence: A Theology of Digital Art and Culture, as well as a number of academic and popular articles. He also publishes and teaches in the areas of theology of culture, suffering and embodiment, digital technology, modern art, atheism, and humanism and works as an intermedia artist.