By Glenn Hughes

As increasingly more humans in North the United States and Europe have distanced themselves from mainstream non secular traditions over the last centuries, a “crisis of religion” has emerged and garnered a lot realization. yet Glenn Hughes, writer of A extra attractive query: The religious in Poetry and Art, contends that regardless of the withering approval for faith-based worldviews, our instances don't evince a decline in spirituality. One want simply 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 lifestyles in Western culture.

            Hughes bargains the concept the trendy “crisis of religion” isn't really a question of vanishing religious issues and effort yet fairly in their disorientation, while they continue to be pervasive forces in human affairs. and since artwork is the best medium for spiritually evocation, it truly is our most vital touchstone for studying this religious disorientation, simply because it continues to be a prime resource of suggestion for religious experience. 

A extra appealing Question is anxious with how paintings, and particularly poetry, capabilities as a automobile of non secular expression in today’s glossy cultures. The publication considers the assembly issues of paintings, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partially via analyzing the remedies of recognition, transcendence, and paintings within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. an enormous component of A extra appealing Question is dedicated to distinctive “case reviews” 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 religious meanings of freedom, and the advantages of an individual’s loving learn of serious literature and art.

A extra attractive Question has a particular aim—to make clear the religious services of paintings and poetry in terms of modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that objective in a way available through the layperson in addition to the student. by means of analyzing how the easiest paintings and poetry deal with our desire for non secular orientation, this ebook makes a useful contribution to the philosophies of artwork, literature, and faith, and brings deserved consciousness to the importance of the “spiritual” within the examine of those disciplines.

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