By Robert Wuthnow
Robert Wuthnow exhibits how tune and paintings are revitalizing church buildings and non secular lifestyles around the country during this first-ever attention of the connection among faith and the humanities. All in Sync attracts on greater than 400 in-depth interviews with church individuals, clergy, and administrators of prime arts businesses and a brand new nationwide survey to rfile a powerful optimistic courting among participation within the arts and curiosity in non secular development. Wuthnow argues that modern spirituality is more and more inspired via the humanities due to its emphasis on transcendent event and private mirrored image. this type of spirituality, opposite to what many observers have imagined, is appropriate with energetic involvement in church buildings and severe devotion to Christian practices.The soaking up narrative relates the tale of a girl who overcame a critical own concern and went directly to head a non secular path middle the place members use the humanities to realize readability approximately their very own non secular trips. Readers stopover at modern worship companies in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston and hear leaders and members clarify how song and paintings have contributed to the good fortune of those prone. All in Sync additionally illustrates how tune and paintings are imperative elements of a few Episcopal, African American, and Orthodox worship providers, and the way humans of religion are utilizing their inventive abilities to serve others.Besides studying the function of the humanities in own spirituality and in congregational lifestyles, Wuthnow discusses how clergy and lay leaders are rethinking the function of the mind's eye, in particular in reference to conventional theological virtues. He additionally exhibits how church buildings and humanities enterprises occasionally locate themselves at odds over arguable ethical questions and competing claims approximately spirituality. available, proper, and leading edge, this ebook is key for somebody looking for a greater realizing of the dynamic relationships between faith, spirituality, and American tradition.
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Additional info for All in Sync: How Music and Art Are Revitalizing American Religion
Although religion and the arts have sometimes been at odds with each other, religion has a long history of patronizing certain kinds of artistic activities, and there are reasons to believe the boundaries separating the two may be weakening. Some churches have eagerly incorporated contemporary music into their worship services, while others have experimented with liturgical dance and the visual arts. Moreover, the arts are relatively decentralized organizationally and professionally, meaning that some artistic interests may be easily absorbed by other institutions.
For example, the growth of professional counseling was regarded as evidence of religion succumbing to a therapeutic motif; similarly, the spread of entertainment technologies was viewed as a serious threat to the leisure time in which religious activities were performed. In retrospect, the error lay in regarding privatization as a symptom of overwhelming and ever-expanding pressures on religion from larger and more powerful external influences. In this view, religion shrinks into the private realm and then continues to decline.
Spirituality, like religion, cannot be understood simply by positing some intrinsic human need for it. To be sure, the quest to know God may arise from existential yearnings, from illness and loneliness, or from 16 CHAPTER 1 moments of wonder about the ultimate mysteries of life. But these vague yearnings and experiences have to take shape. They have to find carriers, vehicles of expression to help people to make sense of their feelings, to become more aware of them, to talk about them, and to realize that other people are having similar feelings.
All in Sync: How Music and Art Are Revitalizing American Religion by Robert Wuthnow