Denominational Logos: Religious Symbols or Branding Imagery?

By Adam Trey Shirley.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Increasingly, the practices of corporate branding and all of the contingent theories, strategies, and visual identity practices associated with them are crossing the divide between the secular business world and the worlds of the sacred. Now openly employed by churches and other religious institutions, branding practices are common fare in the American religious marketplace. Using the case of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the implementation of its 1985 corporate seal, this article sets out to show that the visual identity systems of contemporary denominations are recoding the organizational logic of these churches and redefining the traditional role of religious symbols.

Keywords: Branding, Religious Symbols, Visual Identity, Denominationalism, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.47-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.041MB).

Dr. Adam Trey Shirley

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, School of Fine Arts, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, USA

Dr. Shirley’s research and teaching addresses critical issues in religion, graphic design, and visual culture. He is currently investigating the role of branding imagery in framing contemporary American religious practices and definitions of identity.