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Art and the Bible: Two Essays (L'Abri Pamphlets) Paperback – May, 1973

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"Recommended for those interested in creativity, arts in worship, and art as it relates to biblical history." (Carolyn Egolf, Congregational Libraries Today, January/February 2009) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Features & Benefits *A new edition of an IVP classic *Written by a respected theologian with a deep interest in the arts *Suggests eleven perspectives within which a Christian view of art can take shape --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (May 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877844437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877844433
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Having the complete set of Dr. Schaeffer's works, I've enjoyed reading his work.
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!
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This book, a collection of two essays about art and its relationship to Christianity and Christian philosophy is fascinating.
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.
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"The Lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no Platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy between the body and the soul. God made the body as well as the soul, and redemption is for the whole man." - Francis Schaeffer - Art and the Bible
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.
As evangelical Christians adhering to the precepts in the Bible, we must come to realize that Spirituality is not defined by plastering the name Jesus over all of our work, or projecting crosses and ichthus(es)(?
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If you've read any of Schaeffer's books you know that the foundation of his Christian beliefs is the idea that God's ultimate reality implies that the spiritual life applies to every aspect of human life. In "Art and the Bible" Schaeffer works from this premise to discuss the subject of art and it's place in life. He begins by identifying places in the Bible where references are made to art, and he analyzes each in detail to identify deeper meaning and implications. Later Schaeffer offers some perspectives on art. Especially relevant is his analysis that art projects a world view. He maintains that as Christians are to do in every other area of life, a Christian artist has the opportunity and obligation to project the Christian worldview through the his/her body of work. As part of this discussion Schaeffer asserts that since the ultimate reality of God is really truth itself, the worldview projected by a piece of art is one of the standards by which art may be judged (he identifies three others: technical excellence, validity-honesty to one's self and worldview, and the integration of content and vehicle). Schaeffer's detailed examination of what art is, does, and how art does what it does provides an extremely useful perspective from which to view the subject. I highly recommend this book.
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