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A Vast Bundle of Opportunities

An Exploration of Creativity in Personal Life and Community
  • By Kenneth C. Barnes
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The conventional view of religion is that the basic truths were settled long ago, that all we have to do is to accept them and behave accordingly. Essentially then, there is no room for originality. To be religious we have to be followers, adherents, to be convinced, addicted, to be in a position to say: we are right, you are wrong.

In A Vast Bundle of Opportunities, originally published in 1975, Kenneth Barnes maintains that this is a sterile condition of mind. Religion is not a separate kind of experience; it includes our whole selves and all that we do. It follows that if art and science can be creative and originative, so also must religion be, if it is real.

If it is the Christian religion we are thinking of, then to try to 'imitate' Jesus is to kill him stone dead. To make him an ideal is to put him away. But to respond to him is to come alive as creators and originators.

The writer, as the founder of an unusual kind of boarding school - Wennington School, Wetherby - knows what it is like to live in the midst of incessant enterprising activity; in his own life he knows what it feels like to be a scientist, an artist, a craftsman. He asks if there are ways we can deliberately choose by which we can become originators. He takes the philosophy of John Macmurrray to show what freedom could mean to us, and the more recent writings of Arthur Koestler and Edouard de Bono to suggest that the obvious development of creativeness in science can be encouraged in the total approach to life and human problems. Life then becomes an experience of endless discovery, a continual opening up of possibilities.

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    • SKU: 9781032592978
    • Manufacturer: Routledge
    • ISBN 13: 9781032592978
    • Publication Date: 10/19/2023
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Kenneth C. Barnes

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