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Art and the Bible (IVP Classics) Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2006
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This short essay zooms in on an area of life which the Christian church in the not too distant past has virtually given to the devil. The arts definitely need to be restored as a vital part of the life of Christ's kids.
Schaeffer provides his views on the necessary discernmnet for this restoration of all the arts: music, painting, sculpture, poetry, etc.
He rightly contends that the impetus for this is Biblical. From the specifications to the OT temple to the adornment in the city of God with jewels, God certainly appreciates and recommendends that His church adorn itself with such.
The author provides counter suggestions to those who do not wish to confess the Christian world-view, nor would want their art to have any message.
Especially appreciated his encouragement to appreciate the great artistic talents and expertise of those who do not wxhibit the Christian world-view.
This is very well balanced biblical exhortation to recover the promote the arts within Christianity. Amen, Francis!
First, one major positive is Schaeffer's calling for the Christian to apply several criteria to art and the evaluation of it. He strongly discourages a purely "romantic" interepretation of art (meaning just how it makes you "feel.") He implores the Christian (and the non-Christian for that matter) to make full use of both intellect and emotion (as well as a host of other criteria.)
The first essay concentrates on what the Bible actually has to say about art. The second essay concentrates on the physical creation of art, intention of art, impact, and several other dimensions of this many-sided subject. It touches on some basic principals of philosophy of art as well as the Christian world view. Also, of extreme importance is the subsection on art within its cultural context.
My only complaint is the short length of the book. Schaeffer occasionally didn't fully explore an idea. I know an exhaustive treatise could never be devised, but this is a lot of subject matter to tackle in a 63 page book. On the other hand though, this concise pamphlet will get his ultimate points across and is accessible to those who don't have philosophy or art history degrees.
This book is a welcome addition to both art criticism and the Christian perspective on art.
Francis Schaeffer doesn't give us a step by step informative essay on how we should analyze art in today's culture, but gives us insight and perspective to better understand the beauty found in what today's artists are producing. For those of us who are part of the Church, we have too long condemned those things that may be taken as valuable (though not necessarily ultimately determinant) and have alienated those who might want to pursue the arts. Especially in our culture have we been given an opportunity to engage an intellectual and beauty loving crowd of which we may not have even known before recent technological advances!
I love Francis Schaeffer's mind and heart, and I think that both of them are exemplified freely through this short work. I would suggest reading it on the basis that it is thought provoking and encouraging in the area of arts. When I began college, I wrote a lot of poetry, but stopped as I lost interest and time over the years. Reading Schaeffer's work gave me a new found inspiration in wanting to write as I come to understand, not only through what he has written, but also through what is said in Scripture, that God is one who enjoys the reflection of His beauty and creativity through the work of His creation.
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A wonderful read for the Christian artist who seeks to deepen their perspective on how art and theology are so interlinked. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe Herrera - Michael Chekhov Studio Orlando
Well reasoned case for churches to embrace all arts that advance the Gospel of Christ. Brief and to the point.Published 6 months ago by nuk
Way smaller than I though but well worth it, I loved every word.Published 7 months ago by Janelle Sanford
One of the best books to articulate a christian worldview with regard to art. It shouldn't be a surprise given the author but it was truly a significant read.Published 7 months ago by James B.
Clearly written Schaeffer lays our art in the Bible as commanded by God for sacred decorations and as representational art. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew J. Waskey
This is a small book that clearly lays out the position that art is a thoroughly human, thoroughly Christian/godly activity. It is a book all artists should read.Published 9 months ago by Mike Apodaca