Religion as Subject, Part II
Sort of crazy busy today, getting ready for Pulse, so this will be a short one...(also, just wanted an excuse to post the Jesus in the Toast photo anonymous linked to). In Part I of this discussion a few folks noted the following idea, summarized nicely by Franklin:
I think art had to separate itself from religion in partiuclar, mythology in general, and narrative even more generally in order to explore the options of modernism. Religion has driven art for a long time, maybe even since the Neolithic, and it has always seemed weird to me that it would cede the field so readily to the Enlightenment. But it did - maybe humanistic values match those of art better than religious ones.My question about this, if it's true, is why then do we see plenty of art in galleries and museums that takes a critical view of religion, but not art that takes a supportive view? If art has moved past supporting religion, why hasn't it moved past criticizing it?