In Creative Realm, Gods And Artists Sometimes Clash

“The very idea that art purports to be a creative activity can offend a man of faith,” Peter Conrad notes. “But is it really nonsensical to praise a man of genius for creating a painting, a poem or a tune, just because he did not invent the canvas and the colours, the words or the notes? Art is a magical activity, and anyone who creates the likeness of a man seems to be exercising the power that created man in the first place.”