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By Glenn Hughes

As an increasing number of 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 consciousness. 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 occasions don't evince a decline in spirituality. One desire in simple terms examine the hunt for “alternative” non secular 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 bargains the concept the fashionable “crisis of religion” isn't really a question of vanishing religious matters and effort yet really in their disorientation, while they continue to be pervasive forces in human affairs. and since paintings is the best medium for spiritually evocation, it's our most important touchstone for interpreting this non secular disorientation, simply because it continues to be a main resource of proposal for non secular experience. 

A extra attractive Question is worried with how artwork, and particularly poetry, features as a motor vehicle of religious expression in today’s smooth cultures. The ebook considers the assembly issues of paintings, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partially via reading the remedies of recognition, transcendence, and artwork within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. an enormous section of A extra attractive Question is dedicated to unique “case stories” of 3 influential glossy poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot. In those and its different chapters, the booklet examines the human want for creative symbols that evoke the secret of transcendence, the ways that poetry and paintings remove darkness from the non secular meanings of freedom, and the advantages of an individual’s loving examine of significant literature and art.

A extra attractive Question has a particular aim—to make clear the non secular capabilities of paintings and poetry on the subject of modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that aim in a fashion available by means of the layperson in addition to the student. via studying how the simplest paintings and poetry deal with our want for non secular orientation, this ebook makes a helpful 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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