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

By Glenn Hughes

As a growing number of humans in North the US and Europe have distanced themselves from mainstream spiritual traditions during the last centuries, a “crisis of religion” has emerged and garnered a lot cognizance. yet Glenn Hughes, writer of A extra appealing 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 think about the hunt for “alternative” spiritual symbolisms, in addition to the expansion of teams espousing fundamentalist non secular viewpoints, to acknowledge that religious issues stay a colourful a part of lifestyles in Western culture.

            Hughes deals the concept the fashionable “crisis of religion” isn't an issue of vanishing religious issues and effort yet quite in their disorientation, whilst they continue to be pervasive forces in human affairs. and since artwork is the simplest medium for spiritually evocation, it truly is our most vital touchstone for interpreting this non secular disorientation, simply because it continues to be a chief resource of notion for religious experience. 

A extra appealing Question is anxious with how paintings, and particularly poetry, services as a automobile of non secular expression in today’s sleek cultures. The ebook considers the assembly issues of artwork, poetry, faith, and philosophy, partly via analyzing the remedies of attention, transcendence, and paintings within the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. an enormous component of A extra attractive Question is dedicated to special “case experiences” 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 inventive symbols that evoke the secret of transcendence, the ways that poetry and paintings remove darkness from the non secular meanings of freedom, and some great benefits of an individual’s loving examine of serious literature and art.

A extra appealing Question has a particular aim—to make clear the religious capabilities of artwork and poetry on the subject of modern confusion approximately transcendent reality—and it meets that objective in a fashion obtainable by means of the layperson in addition to the student. by means of analyzing how the simplest paintings and poetry tackle our desire for non secular orientation, this booklet makes a invaluable contribution to the philosophies of artwork, literature, and faith, and brings deserved recognition to the importance of the “spiritual” within the learn of those disciplines.

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