Art for God’s Sake

Art has tremendous power to shape culture and touch the human heart. Its artifacts embody the ideas and desires of the coming generation. This means that what is happening in the arts today is prophetic of what will happen in our culture tomorrow.  It also means that when Christians abandon the artistic community, we lose a significant opportunity to communicate Christ to our culture. Furthermore, when we settle for the trivial expressions of truth in worship and art, we ourselves are diminished as we suffer a loss of transcendence.  What we need to recover (or possibly discover for the first time) if a full biblical understanding of the arts — not for art’s sake, but for God’s sake.  

Philip Graham Ryken in “Art for God’s Sake”

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