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Art And the Bible: Two Essays (Ivp Classics) [Paperback]

By Francis A. Schaeffer (Author) & Michael Card (Foreword by)
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Item description for Art And the Bible: Two Essays (Ivp Classics) by Francis A. Schaeffer & Michael Card...

Schaeffer, a theologian with a deep interest in the arts, shows how the Bible records the use of various art forms in the Old Testament times. Then, turning to the contemporary scene, he suggests eleven perspectives within which a Christian view of art can take shape.

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"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."

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   94
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.06" Width: 4.28" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2007
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series  IVP Classics  
ISBN  083083401X  
ISBN13  9780830834013  

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Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

Lane T. Dennis is president and publisher of Crossway Books and Good News Tracts. Dr. Dennis earned his BS in business from Northern Illinois University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a PhD in religion from Northwestern University. Before joining Good News Publishers in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the Managing Director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dr. Dennis serves as the Chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the Executive Editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.

Udo W. Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and a longtime worker at Swiss L'Abri. Udo and Debbie Middelmann have five children and three grandchildren.

Francis A. Schaeffer has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. IVP Classics

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Very good  May 8, 2006
This is a great little booklet. In many senses Evangelical Christianity has relegated the arts to some sort of second-grade existence. Schaeffer does a fine job of debunking those sort of attitudes and relates art and Biblical Christianity. He demonstrates the meaning of art and how and why it should be valued by Christians. A must read for the Christian artist! Warning: If you've read Schaeffer's other works, this content will not be completely new. A different angle, yes, but very similar.
Clear-minded  Oct 9, 2005
Francis Schaeffer is as clear-minded as always in this little pamphlet. His main point, defending creativity as something God-given and originally good, is, in my opinion, not as important as it was just 10 years ago, but it is still good to have apologeticians pave the way for it.
A brief introduction to a vast topic  Jul 31, 2005
Schaeffer's little pamphlet is a great place to start an investigation of the Christian worldview as applied to the arts. Though the first portion of the work engages a dated theological question (essentially no one debates anymore the question of whether or not the production and appreciation of art are consistent with the Christian life) the second portion of the work toward a definition of art is quite germane. In the post modern world, with wide cultural acceptance that the relativistic creeds of deconstructionism, existentialism, nihilism, &c. are settled truths (insofar as there can be 'truths' in such worldviews), a definition and discussion of art stemming from ultimate and objective truth is critically needed - "Art and the Bible" begins to fill such a need. As a tiny work, it can only preliminarily engage on the issue, but it does at least offer the reader dissatisfied with the generally accepted contemporary approach to art a sense that saying against such absurdity "here I stand, I can do no other" is not a flat earth flavored position. If at the end of "Art and the Bible" you are hungry for more, follow it with Vieth's "State of the Arts".
Great Perspective  Nov 19, 2002
"The Lordship of Christ over the whole of life means that there are no Platonic areas in Christianity, no dichotomy or hierarchy between the body and the soul. God made the body as well as the soul, and redemption is for the whole man." - Francis Schaeffer - Art and the Bible

Francis Schaeffer doesn't give us a step by step informative essay on how we should analyze art in today's culture, but gives us insight and perspective to better understand the beauty found in what today's artists are producing. For those of us who are part of the Church, we have too long condemned those things that may be taken as valuable (though not necessarily ultimately determinant) and have alienated those who might want to pursue the arts. Especially in our culture have we been given an opportunity to engage an intellectual and beauty loving crowd of which we may not have even known before recent technological advances!

I love Francis Schaeffer's mind and heart, and I think that both of them are exemplified freely through this short work. I would suggest reading it on the basis that it is thought provoking and encouraging in the area of arts. When I began college, I wrote a lot of poetry, but stopped as I lost interest and time over the years. Reading Schaeffer's work gave me a new found inspiration in wanting to write as I come to understand, not only through what he has written, but also through what is said in Scripture, that God is one who enjoys the reflection of His beauty and creativity through the work of His creation.

As evangelical Christians adhering to the precepts in the Bible, we must come to realize that Spirituality is not defined by plastering the name Jesus over all of our work, or projecting crosses and ichthus(es)(?) on our lives just so people will know that what we're displaying is an outwardly Christian message. That's what the Pharisees did with their false sense of righteousness. Schaeffer's desire (in my estimation) is that the people of God will come to realize that excellence is a reflection of God's divine presence, and that we need not lose depth in our writing or other forms of art for the sake of "evangelism." The Lord will reveal Himself through the excellence and beauty of what we produce, not to mention that faith comes by hearing the Word - the gospel of our salvation - not through cheesy Christian art.

"As evangelical Christians, we have tended to relegate art to the very fringe of life. The rest of human life we feel is more important. Despite our constant talk about the Lordship of Christ, we have narrowed its scope to a very small area of reality. We have misunderstood the concept of the Lordship of Christ over the whole of man and the whole of the universe and have not taken to us the riches that the Bible gives us for ourselves, for our lives, and for our culture." Francis Schaeffer - Art and the Bible

A Small Book With Smaller Ideas  Sep 6, 2001
I admire Dr. Schaeffer and much of his other work, but this 64-page essay never hits its stride and is, at its best, repetitious. Dr. Shaeffer's thesis is that art, whether that which we think of as traditionally "Christian" or "secular" is okay with God as long as it meets certain conditions which the author finds by plucking a few verses from descriptions of the Temple, from the Psalms and from the Song of Songs.

Far better in writing about this subject (if indeed it needs justification) is Madeline L'Engle in her beautiful "Walking on Water". This one, I'm afraid, left me cold.


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