As Ruskin deduced his theories on society…a the same time came Darwin and his Theory
“Evolution of the Species” .. man and natural selection…The Bible became more and more a metaphor.
Our true reality is our own reality.
Ruskin at the age of 39..my age! saw the Varanese “Queen of Sheeba” and concluded…His views had been tied to nature as tied by God.. a Religion interpretation of Art and being reknown for his tight and reluctance towards pleasure..concluded
God has given us, given man all this sensuality and then there is thiscontradicion of pleasure as a sin! I can no longer believe in a Vengeful god.
He did not turn aethistic, but holds my view that god is not vengeful..see the Far Right Christians etc, whom I hate entirely, who do speak the “spawn of the devil!” quoting a mate..intolrerance prejuduce and vile bigotry….
This REALISATION took Ruskin into the reams of not a religious vision but on of Modern Art!
*The Truth of Art.. my long enquiry…..
Ruskin believed as I do the balance of Art as serious and playful…to hold deep meanings inside us..many would agree…whther spiritual or soulful!. The Visual world is not the language of God…..but without doubt to believe either in science and not religion…for me. they cannot be mutually exclusive….In a world of a billions of years old and credible science in only hundreds of years…ehat is scientific true today is not tommorrow.
Whatever take your pick and celebrate the natural and civiised world and its humanity!
as spiritual, consciencelessly and with soul and compassion.