'God and the Art of Seeing' invites its readers to join an imaginary tour around a carefully selected exhibition of pictures. Along the way its authors draw widely on their own experience, essentially one of joy in the presence of visual forms – pictures, sculptures, land-, sea- and city-scapes, and other memorable artefacts. Their conviction is that too much Western Christianity, with its strong emphasis on words, creeds and doctrines, has forgotten just how important the visual can be for human development; we ‘look and see’ long before we ‘speak and hear with understanding’. The authors are agreed that visiting a good exhibition can be energising in a way which it is barely distinguishable from other events which more readily attract the label ‘spiritual’, and that such a visit can provide a significant marker on our journey of faith.
God and the Art of Seeing (with Graham Sparkes)