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."
©2007 Francis A. Shaeffer; (P)2009 christianaudio.com
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I've listened to this book many times. As an artist it's encouraged me to develop an overview and strategy for my work. As a Christian, it's inspired me to live my life creatively.
"Still relevant today- maybe even needed."
"How ugly are so many churches these days!" Schaeffer states in this slightly dated but important work.
Has there ever been a time in church history where 'art' has been more neglected and at the same time so despised (and even feared)?
Some of the questions tackled:
Can Christians make art that is religious in nature? Can Christians make art that is NOT religious in nature? Why are there so few pictures of anything in new "outreach" churches? Why are so many churches today made from the material that metal storage sheds are made from? Are stained glass windows unbiblical?
How many churches refuse to hang even a painting in the building!
Schaeffer seeks a Biblical footing for his reasonings. He leaves the reader with an important and balanced perspective about a case for art in churches today. He encourages a mindset for the Christian to take God's commands into account and seperate human traditions that run contrary.
It turns out that the Bible actually has a lot to say on the subject, some of it in exacting language while others can be clearly separated.
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