Great Authors Who Wrote About Art and Faith

I’ve written many times about books that describe how art and faith connection (from books for small groups to books that you should read at least once). Here’s a look at some of the authors who created these books, particularly ones who’ve written multiple books on the topic and therefore can’t really be summed up …

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Sentimentality and Substance (Sidetrails 1)

In a recent post about “kid-friendly entertainment,” I pointed out that for a certain audience, “Christian art” and “family-friendly” automatically go together. You can also use the term “sentimental,” or “inspirational” to describe that kind of art, which dominates faith-based films and Christian Romance novels. There are several reasons why “Christian” and “family-friendly” don’t always …

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Must It Always Be Kid-Friendly? (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 7)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. Several years ago, I was in a Christian college’s creative writing class where everyone had to write a novella on a topic of their choice. Since …

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The Negative Way (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 6)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. It’s been said so many times it’s almost passé, but evangelical entertainment isn’t known for deep treatments of spiritual problems. There are plenty of Christian Fiction …

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Apologetics and the Power of Tension (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 4)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. W. Dale Brown argues in his introduction to Conversations with American Writers that there is a misconception that a good story involves pain. He …

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Suburbs and Evangelicals (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 2)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. In my last post, I argued that Presbyterianism seems to attract artists who don’t go further down the high church spectrum (Catholicism, Anglicanism/Episcopalianism, etc), …

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Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists? (Pt 1)

Several months ago, I was in a conversation with some book lovers and Inklings fans. We had wrapped up a discussion about Dorothy Sayers, when someone in the raised an interesting question: “You know, we talk a lot about Anglicans like Sayers and C.S. Lewis who wrote great books, and about liberal Christians like Frederic …

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Films on Faith I’ve Enjoyed

In addition to seeking novels that explore spiritual ideas in interesting ways, I’m always on the lookout for a good film that explores religious ideas. While my previous post focused on novels written by people who considered themselves orthodox Christians, this one includes a variety of people. Some of these filmmakers were Christians, some were …

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Does Art Need to Make Us Feel Safe?

Safety has become a very important concept in Christian entertainment. Pick up any Christian parenting magazine that talks about healthy entertainment for your kids, any online guide to what entertainment Christians should or shouldn’t indulge in, and you’ll find it can almost all be summed up as, “anything outside this very specific zone is unhealthy …

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This Present Darkness Vs The Exorcist: A Compare and Contrast

Editor’s Note: I will return to my Building a Better Christian Novel series in November. Seeing as Halloween is a holiday which brings up various spiritual questions, it seemed appropriate to do some posts on Halloween-worthy topics this month. “When I was writing the novel, I thought I was writing a supernatural detective story that …

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