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by Dorothy L. Sayers

  • ISBN: 0826476783
  • Category: History
  • Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Subcategory: World
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Continuum (January 17, 2005)
  • Pages: 206 pages
  • FB2 size: 1839 kb
  • EPUB size: 1200 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
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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

Dorothy Sayers is clearly a very intelligent person with great writing skills, reasoning skills and an astounding vocabulary. It is a book that requires a lot of thought and concentration; your mind will get a marathon workout. However, this book is worth the time and attention required to read it.

The Mind of the Maker (1941) is a Christian theological book, written by Dorothy L. Sayers (who was better known for her crime and mystery novels and other fiction, particularly for the character Lord Peter Wimsey)

The Mind of the Maker (1941) is a Christian theological book, written by Dorothy L. Sayers (who was better known for her crime and mystery novels and other fiction, particularly for the character Lord Peter Wimsey). It used the experience she had of literary creativity to illuminate Christian doctrine about the nature of the Trinity. The work has a Latin dedication to Saint Athanasius and to British Christian leaders. Regarded in the Christian world as something of a classic, it is often quoted.

It's really amazing how Sayers makes us understand certain mysterious aspects of God through examining the creative process of the artist's mind. I was able to identify with much of what Sayers says about writers, which was exciting (and ennobling!). There were such gems: "as an artist, he retains so much of the image of God that he is in love with his creation for its own sake

The Mind of the Maker, by Dorothy Sayers is a fascinating book that can be read on multiple levels.

The Mind of the Maker, by Dorothy Sayers is a fascinating book that can be read on multiple levels. 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.

The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the premier detective novelist of the Golden Age, and her dashing sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, one of mystery fiction’s most enduring and endearing protagonists. Acclaimed author Ruth Rendell has expressed her admiration for Sayers’s work, praising her great fertility of invention, ingenuity, and wonderful eye for detail. The third Dorothy L. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master.

Dorothy L. Sayers explores the concept of the Holy Trinity within the context of invention: the creative idea, the creative energy, and the creative power. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The Mind of the Maker. More than any other group, artists feel impelled to create, and this urge brings them closer to God.

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (13 June 1893-17 December 1957) who preferred to be referred to as Dorothy L Sayers, was a. .Please tell us about any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (13 June 1893-17 December 1957) who preferred to be referred to as Dorothy L Sayers, was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. Please tell us about any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book. Please be clear in your message, if you are referring to the information found on this web page; or the contents of the book. If the contents of the book, please be as precise as you can as to the location.

Dorothy L Sayers' great lay contemporaries in the Church of England were T. S. Eliot, . Lewis and Charles Williams, but none of them wrote a book quite like The Mind of the Maker. In this crisp, elegant exercise in theology, Sayers illuminates the doctrine of the Trinity by relating it to the process of writing fiction, a process about which she could speak with complete authority. She illustrates her thesis with many examples drawn from her own books, and even illuminates the Christian heresies by analysing certain failures of creation which regularly occur in literature.

Dorothy L Sayers' great lay contemporaries in the Church of England were T. S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, but none of them wrote a book quite like The Mind of the Maker. In this crisp, elegant exercise in theology, Sayers illuminates the doctrine of the Trinity by relating it to the process of writing fiction, a process about which she could speak with complete authority. She illustrates her thesis with many examples drawn from her own books, and even illuminates the Christian heresies by analysing certain failures of creation which regularly occur in literature. This marvellous classic describes the creative process in terms of the arts and shows that literature can cast light on theology and vice versa.


Reviews about Mind of the Maker (7):
Arlelond
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!
Onetarieva
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.
Ddilonyne
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.
Grotilar
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.
greed style
Read all of Dorothy Sayers books 30 ago, or so. They remain fresh, interesting, mysterious, and readable.
Kata
Sayers starts with the orthodox concept of the Trinity and suggest that the mind of man as creator is analogous. By examining the mind of man as creator and the work he creates, we can acquire a better understanding of the Holy Trinity. While this might seem outlandish at first, it works! When you think about theological concepts just as concepts, they can be very hard to grasp. But Sayers uses concrete examples to illustrate theological concepts, and avoids the temptation to overextend her analogy. She concentrates mainly on the writer-creator, since she herself is a writer. Her insights on the creative process of writing are almost as interesting as the light they shed on the nature of God. These insights go well beyond the concept of the Trinity--she offers an interesting perspective on the existence of evil, free will, and much more. I've never read anything like this.
Fomand
Fans of Chesterton and Lewis, particularly writers, will enjoy this exploration of the creative spirit by a master thinker. The style is consistently one of deep thought, though not obtuse.
The Mind of the Maker is an excellent book for understanding the concept of the Trinity. Sayers uses the concept of analogy to explain theology. It is a very creative way to go about the task. Almost all of our understanding in science is analogy. Even the Big Bang concept, Electromagnetism and Quantum Mechanics are explained this way by the best scientists. So why do we think our understanding of an inconceivable God is different. The author touches on sin, predestination and the Trinity ideas with the analogy of authorship. The book helped me a great deal with difficult concepts. One needs to be able to use a dictionary often. She gives Buckley a run for his money with her adept skill in English. The book is challenging. She would have it no other way.

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