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The Power of Creativity

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.003.0009
 The Power of Creativity

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Though creation in the strict sense is beyond humans’ power, they can approximate it to a limited extent by what is known as ‘creativity’. Through inventiveness and artistic production, humans can powerfully influence human life. Genuine artistic creations – paintings, sculpture, music, dance – enlist the power of beauty to sensitive humans and enrich their enjoyment of life; however, creativity can also lead to the social engineering of Nazism. The creative power remains mysterious and ambiguous; it needs to be empowered and guided by the Spirit of God.

Keywords: art; beauty; dance; creativity; music; social engineering

Chapter.  2911 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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