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Jesus the Hero by Leland Ryken

Some people are afraid of the idea of studying the Bible as literature. Admittedly, you can use the idea to view the Bible as just a human book, not divine revelation. However it's also important to understand the Bible does use literary techniques and cover various genres. Understanding those genres and their techniques allows you …

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Review: Transcendental Style in Film by Paul Schrader

Can a movie really capture what it feels like to have a spiritual encounter? Plenty of movies have certainly tried (Biblical epics and so forth), but have they ever really worked? One writer who's done some seminal work on this subject is film critic and filmmaker Paul Schrader. In the 1970s, Schrader wrote Transcendental Style in …

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A Redemptive Theology of Art by David A. Covington

There are plenty of books that try to talk about Christian views of art, but too often those writers take the easy path, writing lists of "books or music you shouldn't read." Some authors are smart enough to realize the question goes deeper than that, and requires an exploration of what the Bible says about …

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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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Need a Good Quote?

Sometimes when working on a research project or just something fun you need a good, compelling quotation to accent whatever you're trying to communicate. I had to compile lots of quotations for an internship project, here's my list of great books and websites for finding those nice, snappy statements: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/great-sites-and-books-for-collecting-quotes (This article first published April …

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5 Christian Books on Art for Small Groups

If you've enjoyed my past posts about books on art for small groups or best books to read about faith and art, I recommend checking this article I wrote for the Odyssey, "5 More Books For Small Group Studies On Christian Art": https://www.theodysseyonline.com/craig-j-hazen   (I am not entirely certain why the URL says "Craig J …

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Answering the Puritans Part 5

In this series (click here for Part 1), I’m looking at 5 questions about arts based on something a Puritan wrote and giving some answers. To read my thoughts on the previous question, click here. Question (4 out of 5): Is spending money on entertainment wasteful? Answer: There are certainly occasions where spending money on entertainment is …

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Of Witchcraft and Wizardry

It’s really hard to write about magic without talking about the supernatural. Yes, Arthur C. Clarke argued that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” but there really is a distinct difference between the two. Tech is science, and because science is all about what we can observe and objective facts, we can look …

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