What does God say about the Arts? Can you be a Christian and an artist? How do the arts impact your church? The creation sings to us with the visual beauty of God's handiwork. But what of man-made art? Much of it is devoid of sacred beauty and is often rejected by Christians. Christian artists struggle to find acceptance within the church. If all of life is to be viewed as "under the lordship of Christ" can we rediscover what God's plan is for the arts?
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Review 1 for Art for God's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts
there are better books out there
Date:January 16, 2013
The theology of art and beauty is a topic that many churches are beginning to revisit - and while this thin volume does justice to the basic questions of whether or not artists have a true calling from God, and the biblical criteria for the use of art in worship there are other volumes that cover the topic in much greater detail. For a quick read (it is booklet length) that covers the basic points of the theology of art, you could start here. If you are looking at passing on an inexpensive resource to someone to whom you are defending the practice of art, this might suit your purpose. If you are a pastor or church leader finding yourself in the place of leading artists, anyone involved in art ministry or media arts, or an artist yourself examining how your faith affects your calling I would recommend : "Saying Yes: God's Amazing invitation to Artists in the Church" by Cindy West or "For the Beauty of the Church" by W. David O. Taylor.
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Most art in the last fifty, or even one hundred years, has lost its beauty, particularly sacred beauty, and in response Christians have abandoned the arts. In Art for Gods Sake, Philip Graham Ryken makes a case for both the calling of Christian artists as a ministry and for Christians as supporters of the arts. Ryken reminds readers that art comes from the supreme Artist, God himself. He says of Him in creation, like a painter adding watercolors to a sketch, or like a composer developing variations on a melodic theme, God takes the forms of creation and adds content. He fills the water with sea creatures, the sky with birds, and the land with wild animals. (22) The author then informs readers of the first mention of artists in Exodus 31, when the Lord commissions the tabernacle through Moses, and the craftsmen used for various media were called of God, inferring that art is meant to glorify God. He says that the gifts God gave to these artists showed the necessity of spiritual insight as well as practical skill. In the spirit of Francis Schaeffer, Ryken makes a worthy defense of the rich variety of arts, and encourages believers to recapture that which elevates the Lord. He defines worthy art as good, true, and beautiful, the last being somewhat subjective. The book is brief, only 58 pages, and has a helpful section that follows with suggestions for further reading. And Rykens writing is conversational, making it something anyone would enjoy. Highly recommended. Anne Walker, Christian Book Previews.com