Culture Design Group
Dec 22, 2008
Art exists without religion, but religiousness is an art all its self. 🙂
of course not! 🙂
What’s that thing about graven images, again?
I think it can, the Protestant reformation did a good job of producing no art, and destroying art in an effort to be rid of idols. So, yes.
Great Title !
People have not yet evolved to live without religion. otoh, the more evolved, the more art.
no, it can’t.
religion needs something to rail against, and vice versa… thus, they both need each other.
(sort of like the way Jon Stewart needs Bill O’Reilly, and vice versa)
Survey Question? Answer: It depends….
As a commentary on society, well….
You might go from zero to suck pretty quickly if the two didn’t have each other to compete with.
@ mcclure, yeah, you’re right. graven images become a rallying point for the faithful.
@JohnO, even the Protestants needed a crucifix.
…but can art exist without religion?
As often it does, it comes down to definitions. I would say no or maybe more that the question is invalid, i have a quite broad definition of art and most of religion is included in it.
Both man-made concepts originating from human imagination so similar in that regard; less people die for “art” though.
Yes – one is beautiful (art) and one is a concept that is throw-back to a pre-science civilization (religion). As an artist I really think you do art a disservice with this one Hugh – the two have nothing to do with each other.
It may not rely on the picture art of icons, but the hymns and songs that are central to most protestant “liturgy” are art as well. There is a certain art to protestant (and catholic) prayer too, I’d dare say.
There can e no religion without art, because art is how those who seek to experience or express the divine do so.