I place before you here a short discussion by childrens author N.D. Wilson and his father, (author, pastor) Doug Wilson, on a subject close to my heart. Is it appropriate for Christians to appreciate the use of magic in stories? Yes, if you want to read the Bible. But not so fast, what about the idea of authority? Some useful, worthwhile thoughts. Ask Doug - Magic in Literature from Daniel … [Read more...] about Magic, Sorcery, and Children’s Literature: Should We Enjoy It?
Art. This is going to be the title track of AP's forthcoming record. See his fascinating, postpartum thoughts here. … [Read more...] about Andrew Peterson’s –The Last Frontier
“I am not of the opinion that all the arts shall be crushed to earth and perish through the gospel as some bigoted persons pretend, but would willingly see all and especially music, servants of Him who gave and created them.” Martin Luther … [Read more...] about Some Bigoted Persons
"The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation." Steven Pressfield, The War of Art HT: Ron Block … [Read more...] about It Seems Easy, But…
Andrew Mackay has some excellent thoughts (and chats up the cool film: Primer) answering the question: What should the quality of a movie that reflects/supports/advocates/illustrates a Christian world view be like? "...You see this in Christian movies, too. If you look across the bulk of the movies made, they are shallow, filled with superficial “tragedy” that in every case resolves perfectly, … [Read more...] about A Primer for Christians in the Arts?
Here are some images from a photoblog by Justin Fox. Go and see the rest of his pictures. Lovely stuff, and full of memories for me. My adopted home country of South Africa, and especially Kwa-Zulu Natal, is a beautiful place. For some reason we've been praying for orphans in Africa for the last month or so. I know everyone is focused on the suffering in Haiti, and properly so. But keep on … [Read more...] about The African Mountains of My Youth
“The marks of a man’s creativity show his worldview; his worldview almost always shows through.” Francis Schaeffer … [Read more...] about Can’t Hide It
“It is clear that to say that the Reformation depreciated art and culture or that it did not produce art and culture is either total nonsense or dishonest.” Francis Schaeffer … [Read more...] about And the Puritans Were “Against Sex”
What makes for great art? I won’t say I have no idea, but I am certainly on the shallow end of the pool, treading slowly and carefully deepward. One thing that does appear essential to me is the idea of limits. Without limits, and maybe more importantly, contrast, we don’t have much to show that will harmonize with reality on any level. Nevermind delight. When I had the rare chance to learn from … [Read more...] about To the Limit, Storytellers, Forthwith
"Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey." G.K. Chesterton … [Read more...] about Everyone is born thinking, “Can evil be stopped?”
Kevin DeYoung has some good thoughts about art and the church's thinking about art. I have set out his main points, but you should really read the post if you're interested in this kind of thing. It's good. The Church and the Arts: Some Common Ground and Some Common Sense 1. We must allow art to be art. 2. Art is valuable, but so are a lot of other things. 3. Art can do some things, and it … [Read more...] about Art and the Church
In the spirit of my post Tuesday –The Hunt for (a more widely) Read October-- and on the anniversary of my first year at the Rabbit Room, I am posting this original essay which first appeared one year ago today on October 2, 2008 in a dimly lit corner of said Rabbit Room. The regulars laughed. Some walked out. But some stayed and some new chaps came and started small fires which caused hundreds of … [Read more...] about Only God Can Make a Poet