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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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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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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Can Movies Show God? (God in Film Pt 1)

Quite a lot has been said about Christian films in recent years, particularly the kind of independent Christian movies that became so popular after Passion of the Christ came out. Many Christians have argued for and against these Christian films for various reasons. One big point of contention is how Christian films usually portray miracles. …

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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 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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What Filmmakers Can Learn From Passion of the Christ

“Christian movies” seem to go through times when they’re especially popular. For example, the 1950’s and 60’s produced some excellent Biblical epics. Since the early 2000’s, Biblical adaptations and movies with faith-based themes have been very popular. People debate a lot of things about the new Christian movie trend, but everyone seems to agree on …

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5 Christian Artists You Should Give Another Chance

Christian entertainment has issues. It’s been rightly accused of being shallow, poorly produced, and many other things. But this isn’t always true. In spite of production issues and a target audience with some unhealthy hang-ups about artists, there are people who've learned to make overtly Christian art that works. Here are some artists who’ve created …

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