By Glenn Hughes

As increasingly more humans in North the USA and Europe have distanced themselves from mainstream spiritual traditions over the last centuries, a “crisis of religion” has emerged and garnered a lot recognition. yet Glenn Hughes, writer of A extra appealing query: The non secular 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 merely ponder the quest for “alternative” spiritual 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 the trendy “crisis of religion” isn't really a question of vanishing non secular issues and effort yet really in their disorientation, at the same time they continue to be pervasive forces in human affairs. and since artwork 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 main resource of concept for non secular experience. 

A extra attractive Question is anxious with how artwork, and particularly poetry, capabilities as a car of religious expression in today’s smooth cultures. The ebook 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 immense component to A extra attractive 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 ebook examines the human want for inventive symbols that evoke the secret of transcendence, the ways that poetry and artwork light up the religious meanings of freedom, and some great benefits of an individual’s loving examine of serious literature and art.

A extra attractive Question has a particular aim—to make clear the non secular services of artwork and poetry with regards to modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that target in a fashion available via the layperson in addition to the student. by means of studying how the easiest artwork and poetry tackle our want for non secular orientation, this ebook makes a worthwhile contribution to the philosophies of paintings, literature, and faith, and brings deserved cognizance to the importance of the “spiritual” within the examine of those disciplines.

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