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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