Religious Studies

Representing the gods: the role of art and feeling

a1 School of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, PO Box 247, Everton Park, QLD 4053, Australia


This paper argues that we can fruitfully consider some central issues in philosophy of religion through the lens provided by the literature in aesthetics. Specifically, I argue that Mikel Dufrenne's theory of representation in the arts can be usefully applied to representations of the sacred. The paper seeks to trace some of the implications of this view for our understanding of religious language and the epistemology of religious belief. It also aims to throw light on the religious power of art, including art which lacks any explicitly religious content.