Encounter between other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Michelle Voss Roberts, a Christian theologian, brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lecture on her award-winning book, she will discuss how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding. Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2013) is this year's winner of the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies. Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts is Associate Professor of Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
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