Bad Christians make for bad artists

Some of you might like my latest Image blog essay, “Bad Christian Art,” in which I try to connect some of the elements that make for bad art to the elements that make for bad theology. Here’s an excerpt:

“To know God falsely is to write and paint and sculpt and cook and dance Him falsely. Perhaps it’s not poor artistic skill that yields bad Christian art, in other words, but poor Christianity.”

Comments

  1. Darin

    Tony,

    Really impressive and thoughtful article. Loved what you said about Kinkade – a professor of mine in college railed against him for just that reason.

  2. eli

    Since I only see through a glass dimly, all my art is pretty much going to be bad then.

  3. Elias

    I guess the fact that the greatest Christian artists have been Catholic and Orthodox has theological import. It’s the sacramentalism, accompanied by having been embedded in the drama of liturgy throughout their lives.

  4. Elizabeth

    I disagree. Profound devotion does not require great art. There are American cinder block Salvation Army chapels with more of the truly devout than the throng who visit any given European cathedral. Great art can help me worship: the images of Christ in my mother’s copy of the _Tres Riches Heures_ have enriched me. On the other hand, it did not help my atheist mother, who bought me the book.

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