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Creative Spirituality By Robert Wuthnow

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Exploring the link between the creative and the sacred, the author of this text claims that artists have become the spiritual vanguard of our time. Drawing on interviews with painters, sculptors, writers, singers, dancers and actors, he includes the spiritual insights of accomplished artists.
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Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist by Robert Wuthnow

In a provocative book that explores the fascinating link between the creative and the sacred, Robert Wuthnow claims that artists have become the spiritual vanguard of our time. Drawing on in-depth interviews with painters, sculptors, writers, singers, dancers, and actors. Wuthnow includes the spiritual insights of accomplished artists who have gained prominence as Broadway performers, gospel singers, jazz musicians, poets, Native American painters, weavers, dancers, and installation artists. He profiles such national figures as novelist Madeleine L'Engle, playwright Tony Kushner, photographer Andres Serrano, sculptor Greg Wyatt, dancer Carla DeSola, and woodcarver David Ellsworth. Situating these artists' reflections in the context of wider cultural ferment. Wuthnow argues that spirituality is coming increasingly to focus on the inherently ineffable character of the sacred - what artists refer to as divine mystery. As growing numbers of Americans doubt the adequacy of religious creeds in defining the sacred, they are turning to artists who seek a more intuitive sense of the sacred through symbols and imagery. These artists provide rich insights into the social and cultural problems of our time. Many have been shaped by the growing ethnic, racial, and religious diversity of the United States. Many are at the cutting edge of new thinking about body, mind, and spirit, and many are seeking ways to integrate their understandings of spirituality with interests in nature and preserving the environment. For readers interested in exploring contemporary spirituality or engaged in spiritual pursuits of their own, this engaging, elegantly written, and erudite book will answer many questions about the changing moral and spiritual role of creativity and the arts.

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Creative Spirituality Reviews

"Robert Wuthnow has written a brilliant, insightful exploration of how contemporary artists struggle to express their deepest spiritual yearnings. At a time when the notion of spirituality seems inchoate, artists, writers and musicians can often eloquently articulate the mysterious 'otherness' of our lives. Especially powerful are the personal testimonials which reveal the empowerment of transcendence over alienation and disbelief." -Marci Whitney-Schenck, Publisher and Editor, Christianity and the Arts "Creative Spirituality is a fascinating, brilliant, and suggestive book, to be read and appreciated both for its spiritual insights and for the author's astute observations on artistic creativity and spiritual practice. Robert Wuthnow explores the intimate engagements of art and spirituality in their common quests for meaning. The stories he tells so persuasively invite the reader on a journey of reflection and discovery. This volume represents a substantial contribution to the growing literature on art and religion in the United States and an intelligent appeal to the artist and the truth-seeker in each of us." -Sally M. Promey, author of Painting Religion in Public "Wuthnow's careful listening to the voices of working artists speaking of their work and his analysis of the rich variety of their experiences show the universally human, transforming power of creativity." -Reverend Donald Schell, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco"

About Robert Wuthnow

Robert Wuthnow is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His most recent books are Growing Up Religious (1999), After Heaven (California, 1998), and Loose Connections (1998).

Table of Contents

1. Learning from Artists
2. Driven to Explore
3. Making Sense of Oneself
4. Art as Spiritual Practice
5. The Circle of Life
6. Body and Spirit
7. The One Earth
8. Millennial Visions
9. The Way of the Artist

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Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist by Robert Wuthnow
Robert Wuthnow
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University of California Press
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