In this book, Schaeffer is a pioneer in the exploration of art in the Bible and it's significance for the Christian. This work in particular has had a significant influence on both future studies as well as the understanding of Christian artist and performers. Numerous persons have credited him as a major influence in shaping their art philosophy. In the most recent IVP release, Michael Card writes the preface. It is an important preface to further studies.
Herein, Schaeffer gives a wonderful analysis of the role of art and the Bible and gives a prescription for the Christian artist and the general Christian alike.
Schaeffer's emphasis on the individual as created in the image of God implies great significance to the role of art. When we are creative, we create after our creative Creator. Furthermore, when we grasp this, we understand that our creativity is different than the animal-machine and a distinct mark of our being. This all takes on a tremendous apologetic value as our creativity not only testifies of our origins, and who we were truly made to be, but the fact that God is there! Thus we find that beauty is no mere arbitrary concept. It is a vibrant natural testimony.
Art and the Bible is Francis Schaeffer's 13th book and is first published in a series commonly called, The L'Abri Pamphlets. It would later be published in a small book form by InterVarsity Press.
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Keywords: art, temple
"There was no pragmatic reason for the precious stones. They had no utilitarian purpose. God simply wanted beauty in the temple. God is interested in beauty." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible
Keywords: art, life
"...there is a very real sense in which the Christian life itself should be our greatest work of art. Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible
Keywords: art, prayer, king james
"Must I always pray using King James English, the thee's and thou's, for example? To think so is a mark of a bourgeois mind. Christians must absolutely and consciously separate themselves from such thinking." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible
Keywords: art, style
"It is perfectly legitimate for a Christian to reject a particular work of art intellectually--that is, because he knows what is being said by it. But it is another thing to reject the work of art simply because the style is different from that which we are used to." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible
Keywords: art, life
"Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible
"The christian is one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible
"The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts," writes Francis Schaeffer. "A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God." Many Christians, wary of creating graven images, have steered clear of artistic creativity. But the Bible offers a robust affirmation of the arts. The human impulse to create reflects our being created in the image of a creator God.
Art and the Bible has been a foundational work for generations of Christians in the arts. In this book's classic essays, Francis Schaeffer first examines the scriptural record of the use of various art forms, and then establishes a Christian perspective on art. With clarity and vigor, Schaeffer explains why "the Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars."
Francis A. Schaeffer founded the L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and was the author of many books. Until his death in 1984, he was also a noted speaker with a worldwide ministry. His ministry continues through his books, with over two million copies in print.