Intruding upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith and Mystery

Intruding upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith and Mystery

by Gregory Wolfe, Barry Moser
     
 

Over the last two decades, a quiet revolution has been taking place in our culture. In both the church and the public square, people are turning away from partisan politics and shrill ideologies and looking for social and personal renewal through the imagination-and, more specifically, the imaginative space where religious faith and artistic vision meet. In short,

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Over the last two decades, a quiet revolution has been taking place in our culture. In both the church and the public square, people are turning away from partisan politics and shrill ideologies and looking for social and personal renewal through the imagination-and, more specifically, the imaginative space where religious faith and artistic vision meet. In short, they are seeking ways to reconnect beauty to goodness and truth.

One of the forces helping to spearhead this cultural revolution has been Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion, the premier publication devoted to showcasing original creative work-fiction, poetry, visual art, music and more-by Christian and Jewish artists at work today. Image, which has received accolades from both the professional art world and the religious community, has published not only Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners but also a whole generation of emerging artists.

Intruding Upon the Timeless: Meditations on Art, Faith, and Mystery is a collection of Gregory Wolfe's editorial statements that preface each issue of Image. These short, evocative essays constitute a new Christian aesthetic for our time. Each of the meditations is like a polished gem: radiant, gracefully written, beautiful in itself, but also serving as a stimulus to further reflection. They remind us of the way that both faith and imagination reach beyond the limits of reason to intuit the mystery of redemption.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780965879859
Publisher:
Square Halo Books
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Ron Hansen
In an age that has been facilely identified as secularized or post-Christian, Gregory Wolfe was among the first to perceive instead a renaissance of religious humanism in the arts: of writers and artists who did not abandon their faith in Mystery but drew courage, guidance, and inspiration from it. The trenchant and erudite short essays of Intruding Upon the Timeless serve as a stirring introduction to that popular but rather subterranean movement, and establish Gregory Wolfe as one of the most incisive and persuasive voices of our generation.
author of Mariette in Ecstasy and Atticus
Scott Cairns
For nearly two decades, Gregory Wolfe has kept a keen eye on the increasingly busy crossroads of art and religion in America; his initiating and ongoing insight has led to a wealth of significant accomplishment, but the most sustained (on his part) and sustaining (in the service of countless others) has been his shepherding of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion. While these editorial essays can serve, most readily, as documents of recent literary and art history, recording the surprising renewal of substantive religious thought in both, we would do well to bear in mind that each has served, in its turn, as initiating, encouraging, visionary impulse for much of what it both describes and brings into being.
author of Philokalia: New and Selected Poems
Richard Rodriguez
Gregory Wolfe's reflections from his editor's chair are much more: they are spiritual essays. For, with a prose as fine and sharp as a surgeon's knife, Wolfe manages, over and over, to cut very close to the soul.
author of Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation
Annie Dillard
Gregory Wolfe's vision is the animating force behind Image, one of the best journals on the planet. Intruding Upon the Timeless, a collection of his pieces from Image, takes its title from a phrase of Flannery O'Connor. That's apt, because not since O'Connor's Mystery and Manners has there been such bracing insight on the pile-up where art and faith collide. This book will rev your engines and propel you down the same road.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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