Friday 2 June 2017

Faith & Creativity

I have been giving a lot of thought lately to whether Christian art of any kind is Christian because it is obviously about God or Jesus as in Renaissance paintings or Handel’s Messiah or whether any creative act is Christian because the person creating the work is a Christian even if God & Jesus are not mentioned.

Madeleine L’Engle says in ‘Walking on Water’ ‘Not long ago a college senior asked if she could talk to me about being a Christian writer. ... I told her that if she is truly and deeply a Christian, what she writes is going to be Christian, whether she mentions Jesus or not. And if she is not, in the most profound sense, Christian, then what she writes is not going to be Christian, no matter how many times she invokes the name of the Lord.’

I decided to ask various artist friends to investigate this proposition themselves and for the invited authors to give their testimony of how God commissioned them to use their creative gift and how they have grown into their gifting and calling.

Four responded and so through June there will be weekly guest posts featuring Susan Mulder, Valerie Sjodin, Mary Brack and Debby Hudson. They will share their thoughts and their work.

I hope you will enjoy the series.

Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. Read "Walking on Water" & that discussion a couple months ago and found quite interesting. Looking forward to hearing from these artists:)


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