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WHAT IS ART? Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:22

WHAT IS ART? A BIBLICAL ANSWER Part 1

The recent Emmys Award show leads me to re-post one of my  Essays about Art [There are several other Essays on the Subject posted under the Category of The Arts listed in the column printed to the Left of the front page.  The second group is about Iconology.]

There are many books about Art and Aesthetics. This Paper is about only what we can derive directly from the Bible about these topics. Non-Biblical material and insights may be very helpful, but they are not my concern here. In fact, by beginning with the Bible, we will analyze and judge the non-Biblical material from its perspective (not the other way around). Contrary to popular belief, deciding what makes Art truly good is not a matter of personal taste or feelings, nor it is determined by “community standards” and absolutely not by what the Art dealers or Critics say it is.

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WHAT IS ART? Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:18

ART AS REPRESENTATION OF GOD

By representing God, we mean representing His attributes: His triune personality, eternality and spirituality; His omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience; His transcendence and immanence; His love and compassion, His mercy and His wrath. None of these attributes are physical or dimensional and therefore Art that represents them will not be literal, but will need to be abstract or symbolic. Words can never capture God nor the attributes of God. They are far from adequate to express eternal and spiritual realities and mysteries and thus word pictures, figures of speech and symbols or symbolic actions, as well as different kinds of stories including parables, allegories, fantasy and drama are required. None of these will ever “capture” God either, but they are necessary means to help express truth about Him. The Bible itself is God’s own example of using literary and visual means to communicate to us.

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WHAT IS ART? Part 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:14

ART AS REVELATION OF GOD

Inasmuch as all which God created reveals truths about Him, His Mind and His character, the primary function of Art is Representation which becomes Revelation. (This is how a Sacrament may be described: a visible or material sign or symbol of something spiritual and which communicates or makes that spiritual reality real for those who receive the sign.) True Art does this. Art is image making. It is iconic.

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WHAT IS ART? Part 4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 19:10

ART AS REPRESENTATION OF REALITY

It can be argued that all art is the artist’s expression of what [he] believes the answers to life’s questions to be (or his search for the answers). We must have a sense of how the world works in order for us to work in the world and art expresses what the artist’s sense of that is. Art expresses some kind of world view.

The nature, character, will and purposes of God, that He has deigned to make known to human beings, have been revealed in Scripture. (This revelation is true and sufficient, but not exhaustive. We must never claim that our understanding of it is.) From the Biblical revelation we learn what is God’s answers to are to the World View Questions. Collectively they describe Reality from God’s perspective, Biblical Reality. The knowledge of this reality is derived mostly from a meta-narrative that extends from cover to cover of the Bible, complete with didactic portions that annotate and explain the Narrative. A major historic principle of interpretation of the Bible is that the didactic portions supersede the narrative. The latter are interpreted according to the former.

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CHRISTIAN ART: LOVE IT OR HATE IT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 25 November 2013 15:20

Christian Art of all kinds is commonly put down by both Christians and non-Christians as propaganda, cheesy schlock and, well, just not good art.  Here is an Artist who appreciates all art that glorifies God and explains how.  Check out the Essays on Art that I have written and posted on this website.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/november/our-love-hate-relationship-with-christian-art.html?utm_source=ctdirect-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=11430839&utm_content=227093983&utm_campaign=2013&start=1

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