The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Image and imagination

Books offer insight into interplace with faith

The relationship of religious faith to imagination and the arts is the focus of two excellent new books from Fortress Press (www.fortresspress.com).

Nine writers contribute essays to Translucence: Religion, the Arts and Imagination (2004), edited by Carol Gilbertson and Gregg Muilenburg. All seek to identify a distinctively Lutheran voice on this topic. "Translucence" suggests that art offers a shining through to, a kind of vision of the divine. But that vision, like faith itself, is never crystal clear. Instead, it shimmers mistily in the language of the imagination. It does not — and does not seek to — provide an explicit glimpse of religious truth. Rather, art communicates through various kinds of metaphors, images and symbols.

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