From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity’s quintessential—and often overlooked—role in the spiritual life Written over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura’s broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of “making.” What he does in the studio, he asserts, is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between pouring precious, pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise. Ranging from the Bible to T. S. Eliot, and from Mark Rothko to Japanese Kintsugi technique, he shows how unless we are making something, we cannot know the depth of God’s being and God’s grace permeating our lives. This poignant and beautiful book offers the perspective of, in Christian Wiman’s words, “an accidental theologian,” one who comes to spiritual questions always through the prism of art.
Studies retabloes--Mexican paintings on tin created in the latter half of the nineteenth century--from art, religious, and historical perspectives, and discusses efforts made to restore and conserve the artwork.
"Art and Faith is a commentary on the crisis of imagination happening in the modern church. Increasingly, artistic and religious expressions are viewed as different--and somewhat conflicting--realities. But author Jon Bowles throws light on the worlds of faith and art, revealing the ways the two are not dichotic but instead necessarily related."--p. cover.
Excerpt from Art and Faith, in Fragments From the Great Exhibition of Arts and Manufactures in 1851 In pursuing these objects, I have referred less frequently to bare infidelity and its assertions, than to the more danger one form of unbelief, originating, perhaps, ln Germany, and Spreading among numerous classes in this country; which divides the Bible into parts, accepting and rejecting them according to the convenience or the prejudice of the indivi dual; constitutes reason the grand referee on questions of faith, rejecting all that it cannot comprehend; and having imbibed a false-interpretation of Nature, deems many. Doc trines in the written Revelation opposed to facts in the Re velation of Creation and Providence, or, as otherwise express ed, in the works of Creation and Providence. Holding that reason is a good guide, so far as it goes, I desired to point out the obvious truth that a Scriptural statement is not opposed to, because it may not be comprehended by, reason; for on that rule we must reject those facts occurring hourly and daily in Nature, which reason cannot comprehend or science ex plain; and to direct attention, on the evidence furnished by the materials of Art and Industry, for the idea that the written Revelation is confirmed and reﬂected in the Revelation of works. The various tracts were written in the intervals of other engagements which chieﬂy occupied my time, and pre vented, along with other causes already stated, the adoption of a systematic arrangement. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
In Art and Faith, Cherie Burbach shares original mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. There are times when a Bible verse you’ve read many times suddenly becomes clearer to you with a meaning and message you haven’t realized before. Many of the paintings in Art and Faith are inspired by a particular verse that stood out for a variety of reasons. Celebrate your faith with this collection of verses and art that represent hope and encourage belief.