The Omen, Left Behind and the Value of Complexity (Sidetrails Pt 3)

A couple of weeks ago, I released a "Concluding Thoughts" post about a recent series, and said that "most artworks can’t cover all reality." Every piece of art has a theme or message - sometimes defined by the medium, sometimes intentional, and sometimes an unplanned message that evolves as the work progresses. From a moral …

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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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When Does Doomsday Preaching Go Wrong?

  For a Christian, thinking about the end of the world isn’t always bad. The belief this world is temporary and Jesus is returning soon comes up multiple times in Paul’s epistles and can encourage Christians to always share their faith. One could argue the End Times focus of Revelation is encouraging, a reminder that …

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