Art And Religion Analysis

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Art and religion are creations of the human brain (Martin 1). The brain uses the power of imagination to envision a past and a future, and the brain creates fantasies to fill in where the facts confound understanding (1). According to Claudia Martin, writer of The Intimate Relationship between Art and Religion:
Human value systems have their roots in our emotional brain centers; both art and religion are deeply tied in with the emotional centers of the human brain stem in their quest to find and express emotionally satisfactory explanations for human existence in this universe. (1)
Therefore, it is not surprising that all societies have combined artistic expression with the practice of their religion (1). The Hieroglyphic word for “art”
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17-Visual arts illustrate our world in a way linear studies cannot (Jensen 49). 19-According to Jensen, “Visual arts can enhance cognition, emotional expressions, perception, cultural awareness, and aesthetics; they can play a significant role in the learning process” (Jensen 49). 20/21-Artist use components of line, tone, color, space, texture, along with contrast, balance, and depth to aid in conveying the message created in the art work (50). 28-One theory suggest that the visuals arts have actually enhanced brain functions therefore improving the lobes of the brain where design, communication and art creation are handled (Jensen 50). 30- Since humans think and dwell on what is important or meaningful to the individual much of the early art is depictions of everyday life (Jensen 51). 31-Such as, the cave art of early men showed the food, nature, tribe members, and what happened in their lives. 32-Since art demonstrates a spatial sense, not just a visual sense, the spatial sense is an expression of doing art and demonstrates the product of thinking (Jensen 51-52). The early religious art was an extension of spatial art which is an expressing of self, or a way to share culture, and a way to share religion (Jensen …show more content…
64-Drawing is neurologically distinct from writing and speech communication (Newberg, Waldman 99). 65-Writing involves the understanding of language, while, drawing displays the meaning and imagery association (Newberg, Waldman 99). 66-Therefore language has two elements, one of words and one of pictures, since most words have an image attached to them (99). 68 Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman write in their book How God Changes Your Brain, “To have a comprehensive concept of God, the brain needs to integrate abstract associations with the image-associated metaphors and feelings” (100). 69-Words fall short when trying to describe a spiritual experience, but the use of pictures in combination with the use of words better illustrate an individual’s relationship with God (Newberg, Waldman 99). 34-Art will refine, in the learners, a heightened awareness of the senses (Jensen 51). 61-When humans imagine about the distant past or future events, the visual-spatial circuits in the brain are activated (Newberg, Waldman 87). 62-If you cannot see, hear, touch, taste, or smell something, the brain’s first impulse is to assume that the something does not really exist (Newberg, Waldman 87). 63- Thus, for anyone, the brain’s first response is to assign an image to the concept of God (Newberg, Waldman 87). 72-Religious art strives to convey the transcendent God, but also the God who connects with his

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