Drawing from the Word
Thougts on Art and the Bible
Image: A Brief Survey of Christian Philosophers and Artists, from left to right: Variations on a Theme by Grace Carol Bomer, Revelation (graphic book) illustrated by Chris Koelle, How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer, Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey, Well Worn by Dr. Mark Sprinkle, Sergio Cariello, The Narnia Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Courageous by Stephen and Alex Kendrick.
Christians are rediscovering their need to be a living, breathing part of the arts.
This means making art that engages the broader culture. While many believers turned away from the arts as a viable avenue for Gospel expression, we now see the powerful influence of those Christian artists who dared to remain and artistically give answer for the hope within them.
For example, C.S. Lewis engaged the culture through fantasy, and -decades later- his stories are still engaging our broader culture. He understood, as G.K. Chesterton before him and Francis Schaeffer after, that building a separate society that functions apart from the world does nothing to challenge the world with the truth they possess. As stewards of the mysteries of God, we desire to create fine artwork that offers depth and meaning by revealing the truth of Christ.
Are you (or do you know) a Christian artist? Post your websites, samples of your artwork, or goals for your work. Remember "those best qualified to understand the arts are those who genuinely love them, and who are striving to weave their own lives into a work of art that will attract others to the beauty of truth" (Pearcey 6).
1. Pearcey, Nancy (2010-09-01). Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning (p. 6). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.