Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol 9, No 3 (2015)

Religion and Art: An Insider Perspective

Regina Coupar
Issued Date: 12 Oct 2015


From my perspective as a working artist, both visual art and the connection with religion it enables, are experienced non-verbally as at once fluid and deliberately ambiguous. An active spectator willing to engage art in the same way may find the emotional and intellectual space needed for her religion to evolve beyond adherence to existing dogmas. Though theorizing is in a sense quite distant from this perspective, when theories are sought to illuminate this approach, it turns out that certain ideas from phenomenology and neuroscience are the ones most capable of doing so.

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