Religion and Art

An Insider Perspective


  • Regina Coupar University of Toronto



art, religion, ambiguity, phenomenology, neuroscience


From my perspective as a working artist, both visual art and the connection with religion it enables, are experienced non-verbally as at once fluid and deliberately ambiguous. An active spectator willing to engage art in the same way may find the emotional and intellectual space needed for her religion to evolve beyond adherence to existing dogmas. Though theorizing is in a sense quite distant from this perspective, when theories are sought to illuminate this approach, it turns out that certain ideas from phenomenology and neuroscience are the ones most capable of doing so.

Author Biography

Regina Coupar, University of Toronto

Regina Coupar is a practicing visual artist, in the final stages of thesis defence for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.


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How to Cite

Coupar, R. (2015). Religion and Art: An Insider Perspective. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 9(3), 259–282.