Saturday, December 29, 2012
Reading: Imagine. A Vision for Christians in the Arts by Steve Turner
Each chapter of this book brilliantly tackles how and why art is important for the Christian soul. It starts out by discussing how a Christian is rarely in the main scene of art directing films or making music. Too often Christian art is too feel good and mushy instead of being raw and real. Christian art often times does not look at the big issues of the day nor does it look at what other artists are saying on the issue and therefore display themselves as ignorant and gain no respect for their contribution. While some Christians are producing "bad art", others shrug off art together and consider it to be a sin. But Steve Turner says otherwise. Turner says that art is essential and needs to be studied by Christians. The book then goes into the history of art in the church, the arts influence on the world, and the theme that God should not be saved only for Sunday mornings but rather He should be present in everything a Christian does. The book also addresses how Christians can use art without explicitly labeling it "Christian music" or "Christian novel". The main example Turner uses in one chapter is the popular rock band, U2.
Overall, I loved this book. It was very informative and a unique and modern view of Christian art. I recommend that anyone interested in theology or art to read this book. I would also recommend it to all Christian artists because the book basically tackles every aspect of art in Christianity. I most definitely am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is a breath of fresh air in a world where Christians just simply believe that a song with Jesus' name in it 20 times is the only song worth listening to.