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ISBN/ASIN : 0891073531
Manufacturer : Crossway Books|
Release data : February, 1981
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this book is SO much more than polemic, as another reviewer suggested. i read it many years ago and found it both a passionate challenge and an encouragement, to live life fearlessly and creatively. for any christian wrestling with their place in the church & wider world as a creative individual, read this book. he makes the statement that "it is the christian who's imagination should fly beyond the stars". while the creative act is obviously not limited to christians, this statement forms the overriding salvo of the book. make your life extraordinary & seize the day.
Art Is A Spiritual Act Of Worship
Schaeffer challenges the 20th century Christian to re-live the glory and passion of the Christian art of the Renaissance, where art was a spiritaul act of worship. He srongly riducules the 20th century church for it's superficial understanding of humanity where man is viewed only as a soul rather than a wholistic being and thus contends that Christian art need not be confined only to evangelistic efforts. (It's the whole man that is saved, not just his soul. It is the the whole man that is resurrected not simply the soul's etheral continuation) Art, at it's core, is an imitation of God, the Creator and as such, the Christian should not view his prospective subject material as being either "Christian" or "Secular". Because the artist is a Christian and his art, whatever it maybe, will be Christian. While Art may express a particualr worldview, the Christian is free to create "useless" and representational art. While I think this book is invigorating to the contemporary Christian Artist, I think Schaeffer's overall tone while may be stark, is a bit venomous. As another reader has pointed out, his anger seems to become an obstacle to his otherwise reasonable points.
Very honest, though painful evaluation of pop-Christians.
This is a very thought-provoking book dealing with Christians and the arts. All too often, mediocrity is actually encouraged by "Pop-Christian" thought processes - people too seldom ask hard questions, and evaluate things such as art and music by very superficial criteria.