Tip of the Iceberg

Graph showing the increasing frequency of the phrase "religious expression" since 1800The common English phrasing “religious expression” carries with it a set of assumptions about what scholars of religion study as well as how and why they study it, though the term is today so widespread that I doubt many think much about what it entails. Continue reading

How Art Thou?

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By Chris Beacham
Chris Beacham is a junior undergraduate majoring in Psychology and minoring in Religious Studies. He is from New Orleans, and enjoys filmmaking and reading eastern philosophy.

Next to the word love, the word art is probably the most vague and general term in the English language. Merriam Webster dictionary defines art as “something that is created with imagination and skill that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” It seems to me that in a sense everything could be considered art. The computer in which I am typing this blog is art, the glasses I am wearing are art, a house is art, etc. Since they were designed and created by people, they can be considered not just primarily functional, but also artistic. It can evoke a response beyond the mechanical use, even on the subtlest levels. Despite this, the word art is used discriminately even when it is such a blanket term. Continue reading