By Daniel Gold
This booklet addresses a basic hindrance in spiritual stories. Exploring the strain among humanistic and social clinical techniques to considering and writing approximately faith, Daniel Gold develops a line of argument that starts off with the aesthetics of educational writing within the box. He indicates that winning writers on faith hire attribute aesthetic suggestions in speaking their visions of human truths. Gold examines those thoughts in regards to epistemology and to the examine of faith as a collective pastime.
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Thus, in the childhood religion that frightened her, she ﬁnds a kernel of truth she can accept—one that reﬂects a vision of human community in space and time. A year earlier, in Themis, she had identiﬁed a similar kernel of truth in the archaic forms of Greek religion. 31 She had returned in 1898 after seventeen years as a private scholar based in London. During that time she had visited Greek archeological sites and museums throughout Europe, lectured with great success on Greek art and archeology, and produced several books.
29 Clearly, a fearless, probing imagination—which Harrison cultivated in herself—was something she valued. Not mentioned among the three great inﬂuences on her psyche—but acknowledged elsewhere—is the work of Émile Durkheim, which offers some of the most immediate background to the understandings of religious truth she would put forward publicly. ”30 Her topic was a small group of contemporary young French poets known as the “Unanimists” (from una anima—“one spirit”) and what they could reveal about conversion, which Harrison then took as “the essence of religion” (22).
For the symbolic materials used by people distant from us in space or time promise to reveal much beyond them. Goodenough understood symbols as “the words or forms in which our sub-verbal thoughts are embodied” (54). Thus, by penetrating the meaning of symbols we can comprehend the unsaid, the ineffable in cultures and humankind. Harrison’s mature stance toward the religious “representations” she studied is given expression in her last work on Greek religion, a short, generalizing synopsis of her views she titled her Epilegomena to the Study of Greek Religion.
Aesthetics And Analysis In Writing On Religion Modern Fascinations by Daniel Gold