Art and the Bible

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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 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.

Art and the Bible has been a foundational work for generations of Christians in the arts. In this book's classic essays, Francis Schaeffer first examines the scriptural record of the use of various art forms, and then establishes a Christian perspective on art. With clarity and vigor, Schaeffer explains why "the Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877844433
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1973
  • Series: L' Abri Pamphlets Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 4.74 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis A. Schaeffer founded the L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and was the author of many books, including 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.

In a career that spans 30 years, Michael Card has recorded over 31 albums, authored or co-authored over 24 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. An award-winning musician and performing artist, he has penned such favorites as "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has branched his ministry beyond music and written numerous books, including A Sacred Sorrow, A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book). He has also written the Biblical Imagination Series, with a book and accompanying music CD for each of the four gospels.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degree in biblical studies, Card also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Card
I. Art in the Bible
II. Some Perspectives on Art
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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    The title says it all. Schaeffer talks about different forms of

    The title says it all. Schaeffer talks about different forms of art and what the Bible has to say about art in general. He argues how important it is, even just for enjoyment and backs up his argument with Scripture. He also goes into how we should view and create art. This book was amazing! I've learned so much and it has made me think differently about art, I'll have to read it again. I love how Schaeffer truly expresses the freedom we're supposed to have as Christians, but also touches on our responsibilities. This book was so enlightening and encouraging! I  loved his easy, understandable way/style of writing. Yes, there may have been a word or two (or three) I had to look up, but it was much, much easier to read than I expected. Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    A great place to begin an investigation of art

    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¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    A Christian View of Art as Good

    '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.

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