How does the Christian use of art compare to other religious traditions? - The Whole Church Podcast

Episode 202

How does the Christian use of art compare to other religious traditions?

World Religion Professor, Chris Moreland, joins us to finish our Ecumenical Aesthetic series, comparing how both Protestant and Catholic Churches use art to how other religions use art in their worship spaces. .

Is the iconoclastic nature of many protestant churches similar to the iconoclastic nature of much of Islam? Is the Catholic's use of art similar to more Eastern religions like Hinduism or Buddhism? How are women portrayed in religion arts? Are women allowed to minister through the arts in the Catholic tradition? What do the Catholic statues mean? What do Catholics believe about statues? What are icons for Catholicism? Do Roman Catholic use icons?


In this episode, we will:

  • Discuss the Catholic use of art in worship
  • Explain how Catholics speak to the saints, without worshipping them
  • Compare and contrast different religions use of art
  • Deconstruct the way women are portrayed in sacred art


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Joshua Noel

I am from Knoxville, TN. Grew up in Florida and Charlotte, NC. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies, am preparing to attend Law School at the University of South Carolina, have co-hosted "The Whole Church Podcast" with my best friend TJ Blackwell for four years, and I have been involved in local ministries for 15 years now. I'm pretty huge into hermeneutics, U.S. Constitutional Law, and Biblical theology, and my favorite TV show is "Doctor Who".

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