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Creativity and spirituality : bonds between art and religion

Author: Earle Jerome Coleman
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright to the rock gardens of Zen Buddhism, Coleman explores applied, fine, and folk arts in order to uncover points of coalescence between art and religion. Drawing from six living faiths (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism), this book philosophically analyzes relations between art and religion in order to explain how the concepts "art," "beauty,"
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Earle Jerome Coleman
ISBN: 0791436993 9780791436998 0791437000 9780791437001
OCLC Number: 36892801
Description: xx, 237 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Art, religion, and relations --
The perceptible, the imperceptible, and a total response --
Receptivity, omnipresence, and sui generis emotions --
The self and union --
Artistic beauty, natural beauty, and supernatural beauty --
The child-state and revelation --
Creativity --
The aesthetic versus the spiritual.
Responsibility: Earle J. Coleman.

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From the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright to the rock gardens of Zen Buddhism, Coleman explores applied, fine, and folk arts in order to uncover points of coalescence between art and religion. Drawing from six living faiths (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism), this book philosophically analyzes relations between art and religion in order to explain how the concepts "art," "beauty," "creativity," and "aesthetic experience" find their place or counterparts in religions discourse and experience. Coleman repeatedly shows that aesthetic ideas can serve as bridges to spiritual categories, as when he relates aesthetic bliss to "the peace that passes all understanding."

Among the themes that receive sustained treatment are the varieties of union in art and religion, the child as a paradigm for artists and saints, and creativity as essential to religion. Finally, the author critically weighs proposed distinctions between art and religion and between the broader categories of the aesthetic and the spiritual, rejecting some and showing how others are compatible with his proposal that the aesthetic and the spiritual are cognate categories.

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