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Poetry and Scripture: Finding Truth Through Beauty

A great explanation of the power of poetry, especially in communicating truth in ways that cannot be any other way:

Poetry communicates primarily through images and association contrived by words or sounds. A well-written poem can often express the wrongness of abortion or the cruelty of slavery more powerfully and more persuasively than an articulate argument, because the reader experiences the idea on an emotional, associative level. For example, the injustice described in a poem may arouse a feeling of righteous anger because it sparks a personal memory of the reader and a corresponding emotion of pity, compassion, or anger. One’s personal experiences, separate from the poem, then become linked with the spirit of the poem by the shared emotion or some connecting phrase. The poem lives and breathes truth in a way that is beautiful, real, and compelling.

Source: Poetry and Scripture: Finding Truth Through Beauty – The Imaginative Conservative

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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