Saturday, May 15, 2010
Narrative, Symbol, and Ritual
"Narrative, Symbol, and Ritual" is a great post by Dr. Colin Harbinson, the International Director of StoneWorks, a global arts initiative for cultural restoration and the recovery of the imagination in the life and mission of the church. I'm currently reading one of the books he mentions in the post (Symbol and Ceremony by A.H. Mathias Zahniser), so all of this is fresh on my mind, though I'm still trying to mentally grasp it all and put it together coherently. In part, the blog explores how the visual arts play a role in symbolism and ritual across most cultures, linking the meta narrative of their faith to their daily life, thoughts and emotions, and how the western church has lost much of this visual aspect of discipleship.