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    Interacting With Art: Healing From the Inside Out.Lynda E. Bair - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):73-96.
    Can visual interaction with artwork prompt healing? Can the brain recover from traumatic experiences and help heal the whole body? Since the 1940s, art therapists have claimed that the production of art can help heal past traumas. Similarly, occupational therapists have employed techniques from arts and crafts since the end of World War II to retrain soldiers helping them recover from the trauma of war. The global Covid-19 pandemic has caused health-related and psychological problems--isolation, increased anxiety, and fear--for people of (...)
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    Hackney, Charles. Positive Psychology in Christian Perspective: Foundations, Concepts and Applications. [REVIEW]William R. Clough - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):201-203.
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    Lee, J. Scott. Invention: The Art of Liberal Arts. [REVIEW]Jeffry C. Davis - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):205-207.
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    Brooks, Arthur C. Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt. [REVIEW]Gerald De Maio - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):195-197.
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    Mac Donald, Heather. The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture. [REVIEW]Erwin F. Erhardt - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):210-212.
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    Miller, Rod A. 23% More Spiritual: Christians and the Fad. [REVIEW]Gabriel J. Ferrer - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):212-214.
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    The Arts as Self-Transcendence.Oskar Gruenwald - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):1-10.
    This editorial highlights the remarkable contributions in this JIS volume that explore the arts as a gateway to the transcendentals of beauty, truth and goodness. It focuses on the recurring notions of order, telos, and creativity reflecting the essential attributes of human nature as imago Dei. Apart from the arts as art therapy, how can the arts connect one to the transcendentals? Can homo musicus aspire to self-transcendence? A shining example of music as self-transcendence is the life and times of (...)
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    Ream, Todd C., Jerry Pattengale & Christopher J. Devers, eds., Public Intellectuals and the Common Good: Christian Thinking for Human Flourishing. [REVIEW]Nalani E. Hilderman - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):218-220.
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    Awakening Things Within.Michael Kurek - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):117-128.
    In his engaging volume on fairytales, George MacDonald wrote that the purpose of a fairytale is “not to give the reader things to think about, but to wake up things that are in him." By contrast, many works of art, including contemporary musical compositions, are accompanied by statements of “things to think about,” such as didactic program notes by the composer on pet social justice issues. This essay explores what can be done in a piece of music to “wake up (...)
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    Tasting the Transcendent.Christina Bieber Lake - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):43-58.
    Modern views of poetry tend to concord with Wallace Stevens’s insistence that “God and the imagination are one,” assuming that the only meaning there is in the natural world is that which the poet makes. But Denise Levertov held instead that the poet’s word is a response to the beauty of the world as given by God, and that the poet’s task is to invite the reader to resonate with that experience. Drawing on current research from neurocognitive poetics that indicates (...)
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    Art as Therapeutic Beauty and a Visible “Sermon” to the World.Gregory E. Lamb - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):97-116.
    This essay contends that God created humanity as His co-creators to bring Him glory with one’s entire being, including imagination and creativity. Throughout Scripture, YHWH is depicted as the artistic Creator of all that is beautiful, true, and transcendent. The Bible attests the creation of humanity in the imago Dei--sharing God’s innate creativity--and divine gifting of Spirit-inspired artisans utilizing their talents for God’s glory. Yet, over the centuries, “art” was oft misunderstood and grossly neglected in Christ’s church. Philip Ryken explains (...)
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    Martial Arts in Search of Transcendence.“Joey” Alan Le - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):172-194.
    This essay argues that martial arts, especially Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), mediate the divine attributes of beauty, goodness, and truth just as much as the fine arts. Some may question the compatibility of martial arts with Christianity. Yet, according to the just war doctrine, fighting is permissible when defending oneself and others. Furthermore, instead of doing nothing about evil or injustice (pacifism) and escalating to violent killing, jiu-jitsu as a distinctive martial arts presents the creative alternative of nonviolence. The essay considers (...)
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    Newstok, Scott. How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons From a Renaissance Education. [REVIEW]J. Scott Lee - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):216-218.
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    Montás, Roosevelt. Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation. [REVIEW]Charles A. McDaniel - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):214-216.
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    Levering, Matthew. The Achievement of Hans Urs von Balthasar: An Introduction to His Trilogy. [REVIEW]Steven J. Meyer - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):208-209.
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    Zombie Art.Rod A. Miller - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):59-72.
    It is easy to ridicule the pretense and silliness of many works coming from the “art world.” The story of the arts, for at least the past century and a half, has been one of attempts to keep alive something that is long past dead. For example, without a substantial understanding of quality, aesthetics has been held up as a substitute for life. But the aesthetic, long touted as fundamental to the goals of art, begs other questions: which aesthetic responses? (...)
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    Dershowitz, Alan. Cancel Culture: The Latest Attack on Free Speech and Due Process. [REVIEW]Rod A. Miller - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):199-201.
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    Carr, Nicholas G. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. [REVIEW]Joshua D. Reichard - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):197-199.
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    Between Ephemerality and Eternality.Kahar Wahab Sarumi - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):147-171.
    The question of beauty continues to engage humans, especially intellectuals, who inquire into its quintessence and the sources from which it derives. Does beauty consist in attaining geometric harmony of structure and shape, or in achieving numerical proportion in audio and visual? Or, does beauty transcend all that, to crystalize into an absolute essence that conforms to high values as justice, truth, and goodness? How long does beauty last? Does it terminate at the terrestrial realm or transcend to the celestial? (...)
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    Music and Justice.Jeremy E. Scarbrough - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):11-42.
    Although aesthetics began with an interest in a teleological order, the classical question was largely disparaged and rejected in mainstream academic circles by the twentieth century. The two dogmas of musical modernism were the presumption of formalism and the assertion of aestheticism. Historically, philosophers defending the objectivity of aesthetic value focused on the question of Beauty per se. But what if beauty is descriptive of something else? Our conviction of justice runs deeper than convictions of beauty. This essay explores the (...)
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    Koffler, Rebekah. Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America. [REVIEW]Raymond Taras - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):203-205.
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    Artistic Genius and Freedom of Creativity in Kant’s Critique of Judgement.Rintje Theoren Tolsma - 2022 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 34 (1-2):129-146.
    This essay explores Immanuel Kant’s notion of artistic genius and how it relates to the modern conception of the interrelated ideas of nature and freedom as they appear in his Critique of Judgement. Genius works as a unique concept in Kant’s oeuvre, showing how art provides a harmony within what, in Reformational philosophy, they call the “ground-motive” “nature-freedom.” The concept of originality as it relates to genius has the potential for an alternative reading to what was held subsequent to Kant (...)
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