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Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 1

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World

This five part series by Mark Sprinkle suggests that in addition to intellectual proposition and conclusion, “image and song” are necessary in the dialogue of science and faith. Creative works that encompass both the material and immaterial can help bridge the gaps between the physical and spiritual world. Whether visual art, music, or poetry, he emphasizes that artistic representation of reality allows one to grasp “objective truth.” Justifying this stance, he highlights Jesus’ parables as creative explanations of profound theological truths.

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Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 1

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 1

Picking up where my last series left off, today’s post is the first drawn from Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, a new paper added to the Scholarly Essay section of the BioLogos site that, itself, continues the thoughts and arguments begun in my previously-posted essay Metaphor, Mystery and Paradox at the Confluence of Science and Faith.
January 06, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
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Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 2

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 2

So far in my discussions of the way imagery helps us to formulate and hold onto abstract ideas I have used largely pictorial terms, as we are now so saturated in visual images that we can hardly imagine that they are not the best kind of representation of the world simply because they seem the most direct and approachable—the most concrete, in fact.
January 10, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
4
 
Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 3

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 3

The work of poetry is to polish human language until it reflects the structural orderliness and the improvisational freedom and playfulness God gifted to the cosmos. It helps us pay attention to the essentially relational character of both the physical and social worlds—the way things really are connected in intricate and meaningful patterns that are both dependable and surprising.
January 17, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
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Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 4

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 4

The call to think differently about the faith/science intersection that I’ve been laying out over the past few weeks is not rooted in a Romantic notion of the power of art on its own, as if finding new, beautiful images for ideas that some find confusing or even offensive (such as common descent) will magically eliminate conflict over their truthfulness.
January 24, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
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Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 5

Faithful Poetics and Christian Knowledge of the World, Part 5

To summarize the key points of this essay: first we have that subjective perceptions and reasoning are essential to discovery and explanation in all of the most important fields of human knowledge and experience, including scientific inquiry just as much as religious belief.
January 29, 2011 
Mark Sprinkle 
Worship & Arts 
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