Art is often viewed as being inherently spiritual. But what does it mean to describe an experience of art or beauty as "spiritual"? Is there a relationship between the spiritual experience a person has in the presence of a work of art and the Holy Spirit of Christian faith? Skilled theologian, musician, and educator Steven Guthrie examines areas of overlap between spirituality, human creativity, and the arts with the goal of sharpening and refining how we speak and think about the Holy Spirit. By exploring various connections between art and spirituality, he helps Christians better understand the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and offers a clear, engaging theology of the arts. The book includes a foreword by renowned theologian and musician Jeremy Begbie.
Steven R. Guthrie (PhD, University of St. Andrews) teaches religion at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he helped launch a new program in religion and the arts. He previously taught at the University of St. Andrews and was on the faculty of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts. Guthrie contributed to the Encyclopedia of Christianity, coedited Resonant Witness with Jeremy Begbie, and is the author of numerous articles.
Contents Foreword by Jeremy S. Begbie Introduction 1. Is There Anything to Talk About Here? Spirit and Mystery Part 1: The Making of a Human 2. Remaking Humanity: John Coltrane and a Love Supreme 3. Remaking Human Bodies: Kingdom Come and the Kingdom of the Abstract 4. Remaking Community: Singing to One Another in Songs, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Part 2: The Spirit's Making and Ours 5. Ionized Inspiration: Can a Human Voice Be Heard? 6. The Gift-Giving Spirit: (De-Ionized Inspiration) 7. Finding Our Voices: The Spirit of Freedom Part 3: A World Remade 8. Seeing the Spirit in All Things, Seeing All Things in the Spirit: Discernment and the Restoration of Vocation 9. Beautiful, Beautiful Zion: The Spirit and Completion 10. Perfection, Proportion, and Pleasure: The Spirit and Beauty Epilogue: The Museum of Spirituality Indexes