Is Creativity Incompatible with Orthodoxy?

Volume
Volume 6
Issue
Spring 1978
Title
Is Creativity Incompatible with Orthodoxy?
Abstract

Several psychological studies linking creativity with unorthodox religious beliefs were reviewed. The conclusion that orthodox belief and creativity are infrequently found together in our time and culture was accepted as probably valid but by no means inevitable. Scientific creativity was analyzed by applying a decision theory approach to scientific behavior. Outstanding scientific creativity was viewed as, in part, resulting from a decision strategy to "€œDiscover truth by any means"€ rather than to "€œAvoid error at all costs."€ An important parallel between scientific creativity and the dynamics of faith were delineated, suggesting that an improved understanding of this kinship might remove some mental obstacles to creativity among orthodox believers in our culture.

Authors
Dr. D.R. Ridley and Dr. N.A. Schroer
Pages
98 - 103
Price
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