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Fear and Loathing: Catholic Censors at Work

ROUNDTABLE: Art, Religion and Censorship



An intimate relationship between religion and art existed before the creation of modern religious systems: the very origins of art can perhaps be traced back to primitive ritual. With the recognition of the power of images, however, comes the desire to control those images. Once the biggest patron of the arts, the Catholic church has also regularly condemned art that it perceived to challenge its doctrine. More recently, conservative religious organizations have been leading participants in the “Culture Wars,” vigilantly monitoring and publicly attacking art that uses religious symbols in unorthodox ways. Read more.

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