Art and Faith : A Theology of Making.

By: Fujimura, MakotoContributor(s): Wright, N. TMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2021Description: 1 online resource (184 p.)ISBN: 9780300255935; 0300255934Subject(s): Creative ability -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Spiritual lifeGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Art and Faith : A Theology of MakingDDC classification: 248.4 LOC classification: BT709.5Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity's quintessential--and often overlooked--role in the spiritual life.
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From a world-renowned painter, an exploration of creativity's quintessential--and often overlooked--role in the spiritual life.

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Also author of Culture Care (2017), Fujimura is a world-renowned painter whose work hangs in major galleries and museums. In Theology of Making, he argues that artists help the world glimpse, and participate in, the "new creation," which he understands to be the work of God, the primary artist. Despite the book's often-moving stories and examples, Fujimara's reflections seem scattered, fragmentary, and unsystematic. He speaks of "lingering trauma" but only later reveals that the trauma resulted from his displacement by the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. He writes of a fellow artist's reinvention after losing decades of work in a fire and says he cannot imagine such a loss. But he notes that he himself lost many works during Superstorm Sandy (2012)--an experience he chose not to discuss though it would have enriched the book. Though sometimes insightful and moving, the author's reflections seem scattered and episodic. Fujimura relies almost exclusively on the work of British theologian N. T. Wright for biblical exegesis, not mentioning critiques of Wright's proposals. In the end, though the book offers interesting thoughts, readers can find more systematic treatments of theology and art, especially given the recent renaissance of work in the field. Summing Up: Optional. General readers only. --Aaron Wesley Klink, Duke University

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Makoto Fujimura is the founder of the International Arts Movement and the Fujimura Institute, and co-founder of the Kintsugi Academy. He lives in Princeton, NJ.

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