Creativity In Faith

vs. underachievement

Approaching a need, a task, or  an idea from a new perspective

To practice Creativity, I will:

  • use my talents for good
  • see things from more than one angle
  • use principles to solve problems
  • be a lifelong learner
  • try new approaches

    “Unleash Your Creativity” in Religion

    by Ralph Brueggemann, guest contributor


    The intersection of the major religions—Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam— is rich and diverse, reflecting the ways in which spirituality and artistic expression are intertwined in human culture. For instance, the start of creativity is based on the passage from Genesis 1:1-2: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”


    A significant historical expression of creativity occurred in Florence Italy, around the 14th century, when a banking family known as the Medici’s funded many artistic endeavors, phenomenally advancing the arts. During this period of history, there was a coalescing of creative ideas that had a multiplying effect known as the “Medici effect.” This creative thinking is stimulated through combinations. Creative combinations are the ability to make connections by combining concepts across domains of knowledge. In this period, sculpting both “David” and “Pieta” and painting the “Last Judgment” and the ceiling of the “Sistine Chapel” are examples of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s achievements.

    In the realm of music Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” is a masterpiece of Baroque choral music that combines multiple orchestras, choirs, soloist, and instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, and keyboards like the harpsichord and organ. It is the power of creative combinations that provides the rich harmonic textures and emotional depth in the music.


    Ralph Brueggemann is an Adjunct Professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati with a focus on interdisciplinary innovation.  Co-author of a book on innovation and entrepreneurship.

    The Links below will take you to Resources you can use in a Christian Faith Based setting
    to encourage the Character Quality of Creativity.
    Our other Pillars have resources that can be adapted for use in a Christian setting.

    Visit Creativity in School>>

    No Matter How You Say It
    Curriculum Connections
    Croskey’s Corner

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    Power Up with Character
    Interview Questions
    Adult Business Books

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    Character All Month Calendar
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    Character Holiday Activities
    Family Activity (with a printable for sending home to parents)