A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art by Glenn Hughes

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 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 purely give some thought to the hunt for “alternative” non secular symbolisms, in addition to the expansion of teams espousing fundamentalist non secular viewpoints, to acknowledge that religious issues stay a colourful a part of existence in Western culture.

            Hughes bargains the concept that the trendy “crisis of religion” isn't a question of vanishing non secular matters and effort yet relatively 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 really is our most vital touchstone for reading this religious disorientation, simply because it is still a prime resource of concept for non secular experience. 

A extra attractive Question is anxious with how artwork, and particularly poetry, features as a automobile of non secular expression in today’s glossy cultures. The ebook considers the assembly issues of artwork, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partly via interpreting the remedies of cognizance, transcendence, and artwork within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. a tremendous component to A extra appealing Question is dedicated to particular “case stories” of 3 influential smooth poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot. In those and its different chapters, the e-book examines the human want for creative symbols that evoke the secret of transcendence, the ways that poetry and paintings light up the religious meanings of freedom, and some great benefits of an individual’s loving research 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 way of the layperson in addition to the student. by means of studying how the easiest paintings and poetry handle our want for non secular orientation, this ebook makes a necessary contribution to the philosophies of artwork, literature, and faith, and brings deserved awareness to the importance of the “spiritual” within the research of those disciplines.

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