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Secular Pegs and God-Shaped Holes: the Uneasy Alliance of the Religious, the Spiritual and the Secular in Recent Art for the Church

Koestle-Cate, Jonathan. 2012. Secular Pegs and God-Shaped Holes: the Uneasy Alliance of the Religious, the Spiritual and the Secular in Recent Art for the Church. Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 2(1), pp. 29-48. ISSN 2044-0243 [Article]

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It is sometimes claimed that contemporary Western culture has at its heart a God-shaped hole. It is an accusation more specifically levelled at modern art whenever it makes incursions into the church, especially when so many of the chosen artists openly admit to being atheists or agnostics. For some, the increasing use of non-confessional artists to produce work for the church is seen as a symptom of this spiritual vacuum; conversely, for others it signifies a repudiation of the premises of this thesis, in that spiritual values are judged to be no less evident just because a conventionally religious sensibility appears to be absent. An unlikely response to this debate may be discerned in Badiou’s philosophy of the situated void; unintentionally offering an incisive perspective on this question of a God-shaped hole, his ideas disclose the possibility of a rapprochement between theology, spirituality and art.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1558/jss.v2i1.29

Keywords:

contemporary art , church art, God-shaped hole, situated void, spirituality

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Centre for English Language and Academic Writing (1996-2017)

Dates:

DateEvent
2012Published

Item ID:

11495

Date Deposited:

22 Apr 2015 09:59

Last Modified:

15 Jul 2018 04:44

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11495

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