Man is created by God, as the unity of matter and of the Spirit. These two facts cannot be separated from each other, in order that they will not disrupt the integrity wanted by God. Man needs to nurture and express his spiritual dimension and that happens mainly through science and art. It is not just about the cultivation of some human skill, or – the developing of a certain hobby, but about the overall development of a person who, through scientific reflection and art, has opened himself into transcendence, and to eternal values, God’s values. Each piece of authentic knowledge and authentic art has in fact a transcendent dimension.
With this belief in the transcendence of human knowledge and artistic creativity is linked the idea that human scientific and artistic activities are like an image of God’s demiurgic activity. This is even more true for the art that educates a new generation, the art that is very closely related to knowledge and education.
Today’s high-technology society understands educational subjects only as a supplement, little often required and useful. In primary schools, Religious Education and Music are in last place, Music is even absent in the programs of secondary schools, and it is also being reduced from the curricula of future teachers, at universities. The results of which, are candidate teachers who, at the universities, must be taught the musical alphabet – the notes. The technocrats managing our society, underestimate the importance of the ethical and aesthetic development of young people, which is then uncritically thrown at a subculture, killing the ability to perceive the true values and true beauty within it.
The miscellany that you have in your hands contains contributions from the areas of religion and music education. It is the result of the efforts of young people, promising researching, scientific and pedagogical workers, within the school system. I believe that for many readers it will become a source of new knowledge, or at least a stimulus for speculation.
prof. ass. ThDr. Lic. Rastislav Adamko, PhD., m. prof. CU