Interdisciplinary dialogues between theology and various scientific disciplines have gained momentum, and Steven R. Guthrie’s book contributes to a dialogue between theology and the arts. His starting point focuses on spirit and spirituality and he correctly states that this is a highly diverse and complex topic. Spirituality does not appear in Guthrie’s book as a vague and uncertain phenomenon, but as a concept that is clearly related to a Christian understanding of the Spirit’s work: “It is by the Holy Spirit that we are joined to the perfect humanity of Christ and remade in his image” (xvii). The book aims to show how spirituality and aesthetics, or what Guthrie also calls spirit and art, can be related to each other. Creator Spirit is not a traditional introduction to the Holy Spirit’s work as a dogmatic subject, but instead aims to contribute to an understanding of the Spirit’s activity and expression in culture. In that sense, the book represents a fresh and innovative contribution to pneumatology. The book is organized as a journey through various subtopics. Chapter one discusses the relationship between mystery and ineffability, and allows for spirituality and art to be phenomena that go deeper than their
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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