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Daniel Siedell

iconoclastic. The legacies of the Reform- ation and the Enlightenment, as well as the reactions they spawned, conspire to render images, traditions, and other “non-rationalistic” forms of knowledge (including belief itself ) irrelevant or even dangerous. It is not surprising, then, that a constant focus of

Nancy Davenport

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 DOI: 10.1163/156852912X615874 Religion and the Arts 16 ( 2012 ) 29–77 RELIGION and the ARTS William Holman Hunt: Layered Belief in the Art of a Pre-Raphaelite Realist Nancy Davenport University of the Arts Abstract The essay is concerned with

James Romaine

hand that made it but rather with measuring the capacity of the object to awaken the viewer’s imagination and confirm his or her belief in the underlying myth. Perhaps Hirst has put his finger on one of the most urgent issues of our contemporary, post-enlightenment, moment. One of the central

Thomas R. Simons

Gutting, Gary, Talking God: Philosophers on Belief . New York: W. W. Norton, 2016. Pp. xii + 218. $ 16.95 paper. In Talking God: Philosophers on Belief , Gary Gutting conducts a series of interviews with philosophers to determine the relevance and place of religion in contemporary society

Joyce Polistena

608 Book Reviews / Religion and the Arts 13 (2009) 604–617 Giebelhausen, Michaela. Painting the Bible: Representation and Belief in Mid-Victorian Britain . British Art and Visual Culture since 1750: New Readings, ed. David Peters Corbett. Aldershot, England and Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing

Kevin J. Gardner

Hurley, Michael D., Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief . New Directions in Literature and Religion Series, eds. Mark Knight and Emma Mason. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. Pp. viii + 201. £ 70.00 cloth. In Going Out (Enitharmon, 2015), the latest

“The Glorious Impossible”

Belief and Ambiguity in the Fiction of Alice McDermott

Michael O’Connell

continuing to engage with the process of belief in the modern age. One could make a list of contemporary writers who fit this description (Gregory Wolfe at Image has been doing just this); in the following pages I want to focus solely on one, whose work deserves to be discussed alongside the canonical


Suzanna Ivanič

religion, medicine and ‘folk’ belief. Research has shown that from the perspective of the early modern laity stark divisions between religion and magic or superstition were largely absent from daily life. 1 Spells have been found bound into French religious prayer books, for example, and ‘popular’ healing

Fanny Howe

essay, in which the question of belief is addressed. Who can you believe and how? Is belief engendered by a person’s speech, facial expression, or gesture? The revolt of the nuns in Loudun, following the Plague, had, for Certeau, a theatrical dimension as if they were act- ing out an unexpressed failure

John Pierce

his thought—his anthropological views, his beliefs on sin and salvation, his approach to politics, his ultimate mission to encourage harmony among all created beings—are shaped in part by the Restoration Movement’s theology. The Restoration Movement had its provenance in sectarian division. Thomas