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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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"Wuthnow writes so beautifully and some of the artists are so interesting that the reader longs for the author to linger and plumb the depths of his stories."--"Dallas Morning News

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 All in Sync (California 2003).

Table of Contents


Preface Introduction 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 Appendix Notes Index

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GOR010861933
Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist by Robert Wuthnow
Robert Wuthnow
Used - Like New
Paperback
University of California Press
2003-06-13
319
0520239164
9780520239166
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.