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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Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists? (Pt 1)

Several months ago, I was in a conversation with some book lovers and Inklings fans. We had wrapped up a discussion about Dorothy Sayers, when someone in the raised an interesting question: "You know, we talk a lot about Anglicans like Sayers and C.S. Lewis who wrote great books, and about liberal Christians like Frederic …

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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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How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 4)

(Part 4 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here's Part 3 for those who missed it). Method 4: Talk about spiritual ideas openly, but in different words. The 2016 movie Dr. Strange (co-written and directed by Scott Derrickson, whom I mentioned in Part 1) shows this idea very …

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How to fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 1)

Several weeks ago I lead a workshop with Professional Writing students at Taylor University, entitled "Superheroes, Symbolism and the Third Space: Writing Christian-themed Stories in Secular Entertainment." What is a Third Space? Third Space is a term I’m basing on a quote Scott Derrickson, director/co-writer of Dr. Strange said in an interview w/ RELEVANT magazine. Derrickson’s …

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Recommended Articles

Similar to my Recommended Reading post, this list collects articles (and one resource) that discuss Christian art, particularly the dilemma of how Protestant evangelicals tends to misunderstand art. “New Lyrics for the Devil’s Music” by Gerald Clarke. (TIME Magazine, March 11, 1985) Reposted in 2001, this was one of the early articles to discuss the Contemporary …

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