All in Sync: How Music and Art Are Revitalizing American by Robert Wuthnow

By Robert Wuthnow

Robert Wuthnow indicates how track and paintings are revitalizing church buildings and non secular lifestyles around the kingdom 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 major arts agencies and a brand new nationwide survey to rfile a powerful optimistic courting among participation within the arts and curiosity in non secular progress. Wuthnow argues that modern spirituality is more and more inspired by way of the humanities as a result of its emphasis on transcendent adventure and private mirrored image. this type of spirituality, opposite to what many observers have imagined, is appropriate with lively involvement in church buildings and severe devotion to Christian practices.The soaking up narrative relates the tale of a lady who overcame a critical own situation and went directly to head a non secular path heart the place individuals 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 contributors clarify how tune and paintings have contributed to the good fortune of those providers. All in Sync additionally illustrates how track and artwork are critical elements of a few Episcopal, African American, and Orthodox worship prone, and the way humans of religion are utilizing their creative abilities to serve others.Besides studying the position of the humanities in own spirituality and in congregational lifestyles, Wuthnow discusses how clergy and lay leaders are rethinking the position of the mind's eye, particularly 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. obtainable, appropriate, and leading edge, this e-book is vital for an individual looking for a greater realizing of the dynamic relationships between faith, spirituality, and American tradition.

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The criteria for evaluating contemporary spirituality that I want to consider in this chapter stem largely from the questions I raised in the last chapter about religious vitality—particularly the vitality of Christian churches in the United States—and whether current interest in spirituality might be a source of this vitality. These questions suggest that spirituality can usefully be examined for present purposes in terms of its relationship to organized religion. That is, do people who claim to be most seriously interested in spirituality differ from those who are more casual about spirituality in ways that conform with the norms of organized religion?

Since then, David has remained faithful to the church. He tries to put its teachings into practice. Worried by the moral torpor he sees when he watches television, he believes it is his job to communicate the solid values of historic Christianity. The Search for Spirituality Nearly all serious observers of American religion would agree that people like Susan Brock, Kathleen Peters, and David Layton exemplify a much larger phenomenon in American culture. The public’s interest in spirituality apparently has risen dramatically in recent years.

6 Communities of memory are places where the old stories are retold, and where the retelling is accompanied with the sights, sounds, and smells that embed them in subterranean levels of consciousness. Congregations that pass traditions from grandparents to parents to children serve powerfully as such places. Thus, it behooves us to know whether contemporary spirituality is rooted in such communities of memory or whether it is rootless and shallow. The perception that contemporary spirituality may not be firmly grounded in communities of memory arises from the fact that some churches seem to throw out tradition in favor of whatever spiritual expression is popular at the moment.

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