After my Religion and Art rant earlier in the week I have been coming across articles on the topic everywhere I look.
One report in the Time magazine on the controversial writer Salman Rushdie talks about the necessity of religion for writers, even atheist writers. Rushdie said “When I’m writing books, something weird happens; and the result is the books contain a large amount of what you could call supernaturalism. As a writer I find I need that to explain the world I’m writing about. As a person I don’t need it and as person I do. I would agree, that tension is irreconcilable. But it’s just there. It’s just so.”
“I think that a lot of us, whether we are religious or not.. there are no words to express some things except religious words. For instance, ‘soul.’ I don’t believe in an afterlife or heaven or hell, yet there isn’t a secular word for that feeling that we are not only flesh and blood. Whether you’re religious or not you may find yourself obliged to use language shaped by religion.” Read the rest of the Article at Times online.
Art critic for the Guardian Jonathan Jones says “Religion, in other words, is mixed up with magic, or to put it another way, the kinds of religion that nurture art tend to be. Catholic idolatry begets beauty. Protestantism does not.” Guardian
There’s an interesting discussion in the comments of the last post on Religion too.