“Religion is therefore public and social, requiring observance, priests or minister or rabbis, as well as choirs or cantors. It involves the family, the congregation, and the wider community.”
Source: On the strange place of religion in contemporary art. James Elkins. P.1
Without people, our community, the narrative of lives, would the church have a place in society?
“What we call art and what we call religion are inseparable through much of the recorded history of China, Indonesia, and Mesoamerica. The same parallel and compatible purpose of art and religion can be found in images made by the Incas, the Scythians and Ife, the Moche and Cocle, Jains and Vedic Brahmans, Parsees and Phrygians, and even the people, whose name is lost, who built the ptyramids at Theotihucan.”
Source: On the strange place of religion in contemporary art. James Elkins. P.5