The Aesthetics of Atheism

Theology and Imagination in Contemporary Culture

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Kutter Callaway, Barry Taylor
  • New York, NY: 
    Fordham University
    , April
     274 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jessica Knippel forthcoming.


Atheism and Christianity are often placed at polar opposite ends of a spectrum, forever in stark conflict with each other. In The Aesthetics of Atheism, Kutter Callaway and Barry Taylor propose a radical alternative: atheism and theism need each other. In fact, atheism offers profound and necessary theological insights into the heart of Christianity itself. To get at these truths, Callaway and Taylor dive into the aesthetic dimensions of atheism, using everything from Stranger Things to Damien Hirst’s controversial sculptures to the music of David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kutter Callaway is Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also co-director of the Reel Spirituality Institute, where he serves as a consultant and advisory board member for various film and TV studios.

Barry Taylor is Affiliate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also an instructor at the Art Center College of Design, teaching on advertising and consumer culture.

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