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Aesthetics and Art
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Pentecostals around the world have a paradoxical relationship with visual art. While Pentecostals and Charismatics are known for incorporating embodied expressions of the arts in liturgical worship services, they have historically veered away from a broader cultural engagement with visual art. As such, Pentecostals and Charismatics have developed a pragmatic approach to art that focuses on function rather than intrinsic qualities. Nevertheless, Pentecostals have made global contributions to the fields of visual art, especially how it pertains to its liturgical use.

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Félix-Jäger, Steven, “Aesthetics and Art”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 20201204

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