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By Glenn Hughes

ISBN-10: 0826219179

ISBN-13: 9780826219176

As increasingly more humans in North the United States and Europe have distanced themselves from mainstream spiritual traditions during the last centuries, a “crisis of religion” has emerged and garnered a lot realization. yet Glenn Hughes, writer of A extra appealing query: The non secular in Poetry and Art, contends that regardless of the withering acclaim for faith-based worldviews, our occasions don't evince a decline in spirituality. One want purely reflect on the quest for “alternative” spiritual symbolisms, in addition to the expansion of teams espousing fundamentalist spiritual viewpoints, to acknowledge that religious matters stay a colourful a part of existence in Western culture.

            Hughes deals the concept that the trendy “crisis of religion” isn't a question of vanishing non secular matters and effort yet fairly in their disorientation, while they continue to be pervasive forces in human affairs. and since paintings is the simplest medium for spiritually evocation, it truly is our most vital touchstone for interpreting this religious disorientation, simply because it continues to be a prime resource of concept for religious experience. 

A extra attractive Question is worried with how artwork, and particularly poetry, capabilities as a automobile of non secular expression in today’s sleek cultures. The booklet considers the assembly issues of artwork, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partly via studying the remedies of attention, transcendence, and artwork within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. a huge part of A extra appealing Question is dedicated to exact “case stories” of 3 influential smooth poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot. In those and its different chapters, the publication examines the human desire for creative symbols that evoke the secret of transcendence, the ways that poetry and artwork remove darkness from the religious meanings of freedom, and some great benefits of an individual’s loving research of significant literature and art.

A extra attractive Question has a particular aim—to make clear the religious services of paintings and poetry when it comes to modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that objective in a way obtainable via the layperson in addition to the student. via studying how the simplest paintings and poetry tackle our want for religious orientation, this publication makes a priceless contribution to the philosophies of paintings, literature, and faith, and brings deserved consciousness to the importance of the “spiritual” within the learn of those disciplines.

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