By Glenn Hughes

ISBN-10: 0826219179

ISBN-13: 9780826219176

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

            Hughes deals the concept that the fashionable “crisis of religion” isn't an issue of vanishing non secular issues and effort yet particularly in their disorientation, while they continue to be pervasive forces in human affairs. and since paintings is the best medium for spiritually evocation, it truly is our most important touchstone for analyzing this religious disorientation, simply because it continues to be a first-rate resource of notion for religious experience. 

A extra attractive Question is anxious with how paintings, and particularly poetry, services as a car of non secular expression in today’s smooth cultures. The ebook considers the assembly issues of paintings, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partially via studying the remedies of attention, transcendence, and paintings within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. an incredible component of A extra appealing Question is dedicated to special “case experiences” of 3 influential glossy poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot. In those and its different chapters, the e-book examines the human want for inventive symbols that evoke the secret of transcendence, the ways that poetry and artwork remove darkness from the non secular meanings of freedom, and the advantages of an individual’s loving research of significant literature and art.

A extra attractive Question has a particular aim—to make clear the religious capabilities of artwork and poetry relating to modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that target in a fashion obtainable by way of the layperson in addition to the student. through reading how the simplest paintings and poetry tackle our desire for religious orientation, this e-book makes a important contribution to the philosophies of paintings, literature, and faith, and brings deserved cognizance to the importance of the “spiritual” within the research of those disciplines.

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