Thursday, December 01, 2005

"Christian" is a noun

Back when I was doing a lot of fiction writing I struggled with the idea of what really constitutes "Christian" art. Paul Rose Jr. offers an answer, with the reminder that when it comes to art, the word "Christian" is a noun, not an adjective. I found the link to Mr. Rose's post at Wallo World, where Bill Wallo continues the discussion in his characteristically thoughtful, cogent style.

And what does "Christian" art have to do with preaching or the Christian life? Simply this. Using "Christian" to describe any human creation has consequences beyond the sphere of art. What, for example, are we really saying when we call workout videos, landscape paintings, auto decals, breath mints, and stores themselves "Christian"? In subtle ways we may be following the world, which encourages us to look for consumer items to give us what can only be found in each other, or in God himself.

For more on Christians and the arts, I recommend Franky Schaeffer's Addicted to Mediocrity. For more on "Christian" consumerism, check out these photos from Marc Heinrich.

6 Comments:

Blogger Pilgrim feet said...

Good point. Loved the link to consumerism. Does your salvation end when you finish the sucker?

7:36 PM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thank you. Your question made me laugh. Happy blogging at Sojourn!

8:32 PM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger Tony Myles said...

Dude... what a great Christian post.

1:00 AM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Ha!

8:00 AM, December 02, 2005  
Anonymous Paul said...

Wow, you put my name in the same entry as Franky Schaeffer... Sure, he's not his dad, but I love Addicted to Mediocrity and Fake Pearls for Real Swine.

11:34 AM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

I appreciate your work, Paul. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Peace.

7:37 PM, December 02, 2005  

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