Art and the Bibleby Francis A. Schaeffer
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"The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts," writes Francis Schaeffer. "A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God." Many Christians, wary of creating graven images, have steered clear of artistic creativity. But the Bible offers a robust affirmation of the arts. The human impulse to create reflects our being created in the image of a creator God.
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The God Who Is There. Until his death in 1984, he was also a noted speaker with a worldwide ministry. His ministry continues through his books, with over two million copies in print.
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Schaeffer's little pamphlet is a great place to start an investigation of the Christian worldview as applied to the arts. Though the first portion of the work engages a dated theological question (essentially no one debates anymore the question of whether or not the production and appreciation of art are consistent with the Christian life) the second portion of the work towards a definition of art is quite germane. In the post modern world, with wide cultural acceptance that the relativistic creeds of deconstructionism, existentialism, nihilism, &c. are settled truths (insofar as there can be 'truths' in such worldviews), a definition and discussion of art stemming from ultimate and objective truth is critically needed - ¿Art and the Bible¿ begins to fill such a need. As a tiny work, it can only preliminarily engage on the issue, but it does at least offer the reader dissatisfied with the generally accepted contemporary approach to art a sense that saying against such absurdity ¿here I stand, I can do no other¿ is not a flat earth flavored position. If at the end of 'Art and the Bible' you are hungry for more, follow it with Vieth¿s ¿State of the Arts¿.
'Art and the Bible' is a recommended reading for any artist grappling with a Biblical world view on contemporary or modern art. Francis A. Schaeffer brings his well organized epistemologic and apologetic insights to bear some right and plausable refference points for art. This book clearly and methodically outlines Biblical refferences to art as good and God ordered, and moves into perspectives on dealing with art. Not only does 'Art and the Bible' concern the paint brush, but the thespian and dancer as well dealing with art from its intrinsic nature not just its conotative perception. This book is a good evening's read and leaves a contemplative residue of experience.