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I've just been trying to figure out how to contact the seller because I found a mostly blank page on p. 39 - and lo and behold, happening upon the reviews I see that at least one person already reported this problem - back in 2016! Obviously, the problem has not been resolved. If you are actually interested in reading this excellent book, I suggest a different version.
Beautifully written and makes a compelling and unusual argument, about both theology and the nature of creative intelligence. Dorothy Sayers writes in her usual brisk and witty and down to earth style but the ideas here are very profound and worth engaging with even if you don't eventually accept them. If you aren't interested in Christianity but are interested in the creative process, the book will still have a lot to say to you.
I don't know why this book was/is not required reading in literature and theology programs. The insight provided into the act of creating by humans and God (insofar as humans can understand God), the analogy with the Trinity, and the examples given from literature were stunning. Certainly there was more clarity in delivery and perception than I encountered in my course work over the years. This book is challenging but well worth the reading.
This books was challenging to read. Dorothy Sayers is clearly a very intelligent person with great writing skills, reasoning skills and an astounding vocabulary. This book is not a quick read. It is a book that requires a lot of thought and concentration; your mind will get a marathon workout. You will need access to a really good and extensive dictionary (your Kindle will not do the job, neither will most other dictionaries). However, this book is worth the time and attention required to read it. Her section on the pitfalls of using a problem-solving approach to the issues of life is revealing and insightful. Defining life issues as problems oversimplifies the issue and assumes that finding a solution is necessary and achievable.
There is so much food for thought here, and so much I feel that I did not quite grasp. That is what makes for good reading, however. Who needs to read about things they fully understand? And so, I stretch...
Sayers contrasts the mind of the human maker with that of the divine Maker and observes how each has a trinitarian aspect. The more I read on the subject of the Trinity, the more I realize that it is a necessity of the character of a loving God who is able to distinguish between things. Far from illogical, it is the only logical explanation for reality.
The Mind of the Maker, by Dorothy Sayers is a fascinating book that can be read on multiple levels. She starts by arguing that various statements found in orthodox Christian creeds about God the Creator are not merely arbitrary formulations; rather they proceed from an understanding of the nature of the creative mind of man. She then takes the argument a step further and asserts, “the Trinitarian structure which can be shown to exist in the mind of man and in all his works is, in fact, the integral structure of the universe, and corresponds, not by pictorial imagery but by a necessary uniformity of substance, with the nature of God, in Whom all that is exists.” In other words, the creativity which we find in any artistic human endeavor (whether writing, painting, working a garden or whatever) is there because it reflects the basic structure of reality. In support of her arguments, Dorothy Sayers spends the remainder of the work discussing the three aspects of the creative process (Idea, Energy and Power) and how they reflect the created order and the Creator. In simplistic terms, the three aspects of the creative process are: 1. Idea, which is the initial concept of the thing to be (or being) created 2. Energy, which is the work, the activity, the process of bringing into being what the idea represents 3. Power, which is how the work is communicated to the world and it is also what produces a corresponding response to the work by those who see it. She spends a good deal of time refining and clarifying the meaning of these terms, and along the way has some incredible insights into the world in which we live. The book can be read as Apologetics in defense of certain Christian creeds. But, it can also be read on a purely secular level as a highly insightful discussion of the creative process. In either case, if read with an open mind, it is filled with amazing reflections on creativity.
An endearing and lucid attempt, mostly successfully so, to explain the Christian Trinity. As a student in school, when asking a priest to explain the concept of the Trinity, he would fold his hands in prayer and explain, "Why that's a holy mystery, son!" A spiritual enigmatic answer, but one that still begs explanation. Dr. Sayers has done so magnificently with welcome wit and analogies, so that all one needs for firmly believing is faith - not a simple demand, but a fulfilling kernel once popped!
I'd been wanting to read this book for years, but was rather disappointed in the end. Sayers makes some interesting observations, but I didn't find her main thesis convincing: the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is found, metaphorically-speaking, in art, literature, and music. To whatever degree any member or members of the Trinity are over- or under-represented, the work of art will correspondingly be weakened. Only a work with all three members in balance will be completely satisfying. I also found some chapters far more compelling than others. Perhaps I'm at fault, not being clever enough for the subject, but only select sections kept my attention.