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Art and the Bible: Two Essays

By Schaeffer (Author) & Francis A. (Author)
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Release Date   Aug 1, 2007
Publisher   Hovel Audio
ISBN  1596444754  
EAN  9781596444751  


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"The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts," writes Francis Schaeffer. "A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God."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."

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"The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts," writes Francis Schaeffer. "A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God."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."

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Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

Udo W. Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and a longtime worker at Swiss L'Abri. Udo and Debbie Middelmann have five children and three grandchildren.

Lane T. Dennis is president and publisher of Crossway Books and Good News Tracts. Dr. Dennis earned his BS in business from Northern Illinois University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a PhD in religion from Northwestern University. Before joining Good News Publishers in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the Managing Director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dr. Dennis serves as the Chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the Executive Editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.



Francis A. Schaeffer has published or released items in the following series...
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Concise and relevant  Dec 2, 2007
Francis Schaeffer does in a short space what others try to do in many more pages. This book does a good job of considering Biblical examples of creativity and artistic expression. He critiques the Christian community's failure to be salt to the world with regards to art in contemporary society.

Poignant without being pugnacious or petty.
 
Art and the Bible -- a needed book  Oct 20, 2007
Francis Schaffer wrote this back in the 1970 -- and as a child of the 1980's growing up in the church. I remember the "Why not rock" phase of the church. And if the pushers of the "Why not rock" or the people who allowed it to come to the church had read this book. I do not think it would have been as big as it was.

This book also looks as Art as an extention of and/or a way to worship God.

I would highly recomend this book to everyone who was to have a biblical view of art and the christian in the world of art and as an artist. A very quick read but will leave you thinking for a while.
 
Art and the Bible... Certainly one of my favorite reads  Apr 20, 2007
Many people might want to analyze this work to death on an intellectual level. To examine the author's language for rhythm and music, to look for the high in the best of essays and speeches. They would have missed the point.

There is such an ugliness to so many subjects now. Everything seems mixed in a bad way, and no single subject seems to offer a note or a page or an element of clarity. Art has become ugly, Music has become dirty, and Poetry has become vulgar. In -Art and the Bible- , the subject of the arts is covered in what should be judged by an onlooker. Should the art appreciator, appreciate that piece of art? What part of that piece of art is worth appreciation, what part is not? If you are an artist, do you consider these subjects of judgment before and during your activity of art? Simply put, if we don't judge ourselves, we won't get rid of the germs, and our own art that we make will become dirty and impure and contaminated.

In a sense, there is a good insight of judging our inventions by understanding an organized and biblical way to judge them. As a person that draws and plays music, I can with ease say this, that this book has helped me find clarity on what is clean with art and what is not clean. By that very clarity, I was able to continue to pursue art.

Perhaps my most treasured part of this essay, was the acknowledgment that more skill in art is like more strength, with more skill, comes more responsibility. That you can appreciate the high skill of an artist while at the same time extremely disliking the content or application of belief in that same work. This essay allowed me to see that I was right. Talent is from God. Skill is the amount work you put into that talent. God will allow and does allow exceptional skill from those artists that would only invent things against God or against His order in their work. This essay helped me completely separate the judgment of content in a work with the judgment of skill in a work. They are two very different things.



I would most certainly recommend this to any artist or any Christian that reads their Bible and draws. Perhaps giving this essay to a young child at 12 who draws might be a most excellent idea. Even though you might have to help them through it, so they understand, it would lay a good godly foundation for later works of art.
 
Very good  May 9, 2006
This is a great little booklet. In many senses Evangelical Christianity has relegated the arts to some sort of second-grade existence. Schaeffer does a fine job of debunking those sort of attitudes and relates art and Biblical Christianity. He demonstrates the meaning of art and how and why it should be valued by Christians. A must read for the Christian artist! Warning: If you've read Schaeffer's other works, this content will not be completely new. A different angle, yes, but very similar.
 
Clear-minded  Oct 9, 2005
Francis Schaeffer is as clear-minded as always in this little pamphlet. His main point, defending creativity as something God-given and originally good, is, in my opinion, not as important as it was just 10 years ago, but it is still good to have apologeticians pave the way for it.
 

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