chapter  31
11 Pages

Arts and aesthetics

The pursuit of beauty through the outpour of the Spirit
WithSteven Félix-Jäger

This chapter offers a concise account of the main issues surrounding the emergence of aesthetic formations in Pentecostal theology, highlighting the embodied approach Pentecostals have adopted and identifying their contributions to arts and aesthetics. The essay offers a brief typology of the relationships that Pentecostalism have had with the arts in both public and religious settings, focusing on the Pentecostal use and engagement of music, visual arts, and the embodied arts. The author then explores how Pentecostals have developed a distinctive theological aesthetics by emphasizing the practical and theological commitments found within Pentecostal spirituality. Adopting a pneumatological approach to aesthetics has allowed Pentecostals to make sense of their embodied and Spirit-oriented worship practices by drawing on the pneumatological connections within Pentecostal theology.