September 17th, 2012Creativity as a Gift of Lifeby Joseph Pearce
Apart from the dark and murky souls who advocate "planned parenthood" and the kiling of babies, most people will see the obvious connection between pro-creation and the gift of life. Few, however, see the similar and parallel connection between sub-creation and the gift of life. Sub-creativity, i.e. the gift of poiesis, is, like the gifts of love and reason, one of the marks of God's image in Man. It is, as Dorothy L. Sayers might say, the Mind of the Maker in the mind of man. It is an understanding of the relationship between Creator and sub-creator that animates the work of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. It is also at the heart of the poetic vision of the great convert poet, David Jones, whose masterpiece "The Anathemata" gives paradoxical voice to the mystical relationship between God, religion and art. The Divine source of the artistic gift explains the connection between art and life, art and wholeness, art and holiness, and art and health. It also explains why the culture of death destroys the reverence and respect for the creative gift.
There is an excellent article about the relationship between poiesis and wholeness in today's Crisis Magazine:
This is the second article from today's Crisis which I have linked and recommended. I would also add that there is another great article in today's edition on the homosexist assault on Franciscan University of Steubenvile, which is also worth reading. Clearly Crisis is an exemplary on-line magazine giving voice to authentic Catholicism in the culture wars.