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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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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Review: Beautiful Light Film by Roy Anker

If you're looking for a Christian author who writes about film in a deep and meaningful way, I highly recommend checking out Roy M. Anker. Anker, formerly professor of film and literature at Calvin College, analyzes everything from crime films to historical dramas, noting spiritual ideas in their plots. Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film, …

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3 Unusual Christian Movies Worth Watching

I've talked about movies several times on this blog. I've discussed mainstream Hollywood movies with spiritual themes, movies that find unique ways to talk about God, and even looked at how scary movies may get closer to describing religious ideas than other genres do. This time, I'd like to recommend a few movies written or …

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Play Along with the Joke (God in Film Pt 2)

Here's where you can read part 1 in this blog series I noted last week that some film critics and filmmakers (particularly Paul Schrader and Roy Anker) have argued you really can't show divine encounters (God or angels literally showing up in a movie) without it seeming cheesy. This argument has big ramifications for Christians …

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Why isn’t “Normal Christian Art” Enough?

The more I get into questions about how art and faith connect, and exploring the ways various artists have explored their faith in their work, the more I discover art that confuses some Christians. Art that doesn't give easy answers. Art that may not have happy endings. Art that talks about tough or obscure theological ideas rather …

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Why Christians Must Work in Secular Art (Pt 3)

I’ve talked recently about why Christians should care about art, in this new series I’m going to talk about why Christians should specifically encourage each other to work in secular art fields as well as overtly Christian ones Click here to read Part 2 Reason 3: Christian entertainment by itself will kill itself off   I pointed …

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Why Christians Must Work in Secular Art (Pt 2)

I’ve talked recently about why Christians should care about art, in this new series I’m going to talk about why Christians should specifically encourage each other to work in secular art fields as well as overtly Christian ones Click here to read Part 1 Reason 2: Christian Entertainment Can Only Say Certain Things   No …

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