Edited By Ioana Zirra and Madeleine Potter
Introduction: The Literary Avatars of Christian Sacramentality, Theology and Practical Life in Recent Modernity
The conference on Religion and Spirituality in Literature and the Arts that took place in the University of Bucharest, the English Department, in June 2015 has been the occasion for witnessing a number of ways in which literature remains in contact with the Christian sacramental tradition in recent modernity, when regarding the latter primarily as an episode in the history of (Western) secularisation. We follow the (practical and contemplative) directions capable of showing that literature, as a form of intimate human communication, can remain faithful to Christianity and translate its practices through creative, socially efficient practices in unexpected places and manners. All this shows that the understanding of religious matters and the advance towards the numinous remain relevant for modern civilization even after the turn of the nineteenth century (which saw the appearance of Darwinism, Agnosticism and Marxism), in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.
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