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By Glenn Hughes

As a growing number of humans in North the USA and Europe have distanced themselves from mainstream non secular traditions during the last centuries, a “crisis of religion” has emerged and garnered a lot recognition. yet Glenn Hughes, writer of A extra attractive 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 in simple terms contemplate the quest for “alternative” non secular symbolisms, in addition to the expansion of teams espousing fundamentalist spiritual viewpoints, to acknowledge that non secular matters stay a colourful a part of existence in Western culture.

            Hughes deals the concept the fashionable “crisis of religion” isn't an issue of vanishing non secular issues and effort yet quite in their disorientation, at the same time 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 reading this religious disorientation, simply because it continues to be a prime resource of concept for religious experience. 

A extra appealing Question is anxious with how artwork, and particularly poetry, features as a motor vehicle of non secular expression in today’s smooth cultures. The ebook considers the assembly issues of paintings, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partially via analyzing the remedies of realization, transcendence, and paintings within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. a tremendous part of A extra appealing Question is dedicated to specific “case stories” of 3 influential glossy 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 the advantages of an individual’s loving learn of significant literature and art.

A extra appealing Question has a particular aim—to make clear the non secular services of paintings and poetry relating to modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that aim in a way available through the layperson in addition to the coed. via analyzing how the easiest artwork and poetry tackle our want for non secular orientation, this publication makes a useful 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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