The Value of the Fine Arts

by Carl Schmitt
1943

The Fine Arts serve to recall us to the fact that mystical religion is the vital force most deeply imbedded in man, from which springs all his notable activity.

They seem to show most clearly when religion departs from this central vitality. No matter how active the science of religion, if this central core of Being is deserted the Fine Arts tend to wither and die

So, it may truly be said, that a culture flourishes whenever religion flourishes in its true and full sense.

But in comparatively aesthetic sterile periods, like that of today, when the science rather than art of religions flourishes, critics are tempted to see no connection between religion and beauty, mistaking as they do, the external shell, which today is prosperous generally, for religion in its fullness.

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