The Importance of “Thinginess” (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 5)

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 a previous post, I argued that evangelical culture is essentially suburban, and averageness tends to be a central feature in suburban cultures. A related problem …

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The Need to Do Art Well (Why Art Can’t be Strategized Pt 2)

In an earlier post, I suggested that artists can't ultimately control which spiritual themes people see in their work. This raises an interesting question: if making art is ultimately about leaving room for God to speak to peoples' hearts, then why do art well? Can't he use bad art as well as good art? Yes, …

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Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson

I've done a variety of freelance writing things over the years, particularly book review work. I've reviewed many different kinds of books, particularly theology and Christian living books. Sometimes they relate to my interests in how faith and art connect, so I figured I should start sharing them. Here's my recent review of Andrew Peterson's …

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