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Beauty will save the world : recovering the human in an ideological age

Author: Gregory Wolfe
Publisher: Wilmington, Delaware : ISI Books, [2013] ©2013
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Culture, Not Politics We live in a politicized time. Culture wars and increasingly partisan conflicts have reduced public discourse to shouting matches between ideologues. But rather than merely bemoaning the vulgarity and sloganeering of this era, says acclaimed author and editor Gregory Wolfe, we should seek to enrich the language of civil discourse. And the best way to do that, Wolfe believes, is to draw  Read more...
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Wolfe, Gregory
Beauty Will Save the World : Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age
Newburyport : Intercollegiate Studies Institute,c2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Wolfe
ISBN: 9781497620865 1497620864
OCLC Number: 876045971
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title; Dedication; Contents; Prologue: The Four Cultures and Me; PART ONE: FROM IDEOLOGY TO HUMANISM; 1. Beauty Will Save the World; 2. A Portrait of the Editor as a Young Man; 3. Art, Faith, and the Stewardship of Culture; 4. Christian Humanism: A Faith for All Seasons; PART TWO: CHRISTIANITY, LITERATURE, AND MODERNITY; 5. The Writer of Faith in a Fractured Culture; 6. Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Catholic Writer in the Modern World; 7. After This Our Exile: The Christian Poet in the Modern World; 8. The End in the Beginning: The Paradox of Artistic Creativity; PART THREE: SIX WRITERS 9. Evelyn Waugh: Savage Indignation10. Shusaku Endo: At the Crossroads between East and West; 11. Geoffrey Hill: True Sequences of Pain; 12. Andrew Lytle: Myth and Memory; 13. Wendell Berry: Marriage to a Place; 14. Larry Woiwode: The Overwhelming Question; PART FOUR: THREE ARTISTS; 15. Fred Folsom: Grace à Go-Go; 16. Mary McCleary: Constructing Paradox; 17. Makoto Fujimura: Refiner's Fire; PART FIVE: FOUR MEN OF LETTERS; 18. Russell Kirk: Politics and the Imagination; 19. Gerhart Niemeyer: Discerning the Spirits; 20. Malcolm Muggeridge: Slow Pilgrim; 21. Marion Montgomery: Being and Metaphor
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Culture, Not Politics We live in a politicized time. Culture wars and increasingly partisan conflicts have reduced public discourse to shouting matches between ideologues. But rather than merely bemoaning the vulgarity and sloganeering of this era, says acclaimed author and editor Gregory Wolfe, we should seek to enrich the language of civil discourse. And the best way to do that, Wolfe believes, is to draw nourishment from the deepest sources of culture: art and religious faith. Wolfe has been called "one of the most incisive and persuasive voices of our generation", and this penetrating and wide-ranging book makes a powerful case for the importance of beauty and imagination to cultural renewal. He begins by tracing his own journey from a young culture warrior bent on attacking the modern world to a career devoted to nurturing the creation of culture through contemporary literature and art that renew the Western tradition. Along the way, Wolfe finds in Renaissance Christian humanists like Erasmus and Thomas More--and their belief that imagination and the arts are needed to offset the danger of ideological abstractions-- a "distant mirror" in which to see our own times.

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