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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What do Mothers Read? (Sidetrails Pt 2)

In the last few blog posts of my series on how evangelicals differ from high church Christians on entertainment, I’ve discussed several trends. I’ve talked about how suburban values inform evangelical institutions, how high church liturgy encourages a recognition of sin that evangelicals often miss, and other related ideas. Many of these ideas have been …

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Apologetics and the Power of Tension (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 4)

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. W. Dale Brown argues in his introduction to Conversations with American Writers that there is a misconception that a good story involves pain. He …

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Great Authors Who Wrote About Art and Faith

I've written many times about books that describe how art and faith connection (from books for small groups to books that you should read at least once). Here's a look at some of the authors who created these books, particularly ones who've written multiple books on the topic and therefore can't really be summed up …

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6 Powerful Books On Christian Art

Some time ago, I argued in one of my articles that a great way artistic Christians can connect with other churchgoers is by studying books together about art. Here are some of the best books I've read about how faith and art intersect (including the classic Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer): https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-books-small-groups-studies-christian-art If you're …

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