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

By Robert Wuthnow

Robert Wuthnow exhibits how song and paintings are revitalizing church buildings and spiritual lifestyles around the state 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 participants, clergy, and administrators of best arts corporations and a brand new nationwide survey to record a robust optimistic dating among participation within the arts and curiosity in non secular development. Wuthnow argues that modern spirituality is more and more inspired by way of the humanities due to its emphasis on transcendent adventure and private mirrored image. this type of spirituality, opposite to what many observers have imagined, is suitable with lively involvement in church buildings and severe devotion to Christian practices.The soaking up narrative relates the tale of a girl who overcame a critical own obstacle and went directly to head a non secular course heart the place individuals use the humanities to achieve 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 luck of those companies. All in Sync additionally illustrates how tune and artwork are imperative elements of a few Episcopal, African American, and Orthodox worship companies, and the way humans of religion are utilizing their inventive skills to serve others.Besides interpreting the position of the humanities in own spirituality and in congregational existence, Wuthnow discusses how clergy and lay leaders are rethinking the position of the mind's eye, specifically in reference to conventional theological virtues. He additionally exhibits how church buildings and humanities corporations occasionally locate themselves at odds over debatable ethical questions and competing claims approximately spirituality. available, suitable, and leading edge, this e-book is vital for an individual trying to find a greater knowing of the dynamic relationships between faith, spirituality, and American tradition.

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But suppose that this view of spirituality were wrong. Suppose that the more colorful, esoteric expressions of spirituality captured media attention simply because they were colorful and esoteric, while most of the public’s interest in spirituality was being absorbed by organized religion. Or suppose, at least, that most people who developed a serious interest in spirituality wound up pursuing that interest through religious organizations. In that case, identifying what might be encouraging interest in spirituality in the wider society becomes crucial to understanding the persistence and vitality of organized religion.

Many have vivid memories of Bibles, wall hangings, crucifixes, and other sacred objects in their homes. 9 Material culture of this kind often has been ignored in discussions of religious socialization because the truths of religious tradition were assumed to be communicated in doctrines, creeds, and other expressions of biblical knowledge. But communities of memory are not best thought of as abstract formulations of the community’s principles; they are better conceived as places where people live, baking meals whose aromas seep through open windows, planting flowers along sidewalks, watching excited children playing games, and gathering to commemorate past lives and new beginnings.

Interest may not translate into action, however. Other data in the survey show that people with moderate levels of interest in spirituality often separate themselves from organized religion. Among those who say that spirituality is fairly important, for example, three-quarters do not attend services regularly and half are not church members. But people with the highest commitment to spiritual growth are overwhelmingly involved in religious organizations: 80 percent of those who value spiritual growth the most are church members, and 71 percent say they attend worship services almost every week (table 2).

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