Is Art Useful for Christians? (Ep. 64)

March 27, 2022

If you ask ten different people what art is, you’re going to get ten different answers. We believe that there are fundamental objective principles that govern how we should think about and approach the subject. We also believe that as men have grown in their rebellion against God, they have twisted the very definition of art in a futile attempt to glorify themselves rather than their Creator.

In this episode, we talk about the modern definition of art and how its focus and purpose has changed over the years to the point that it basically has no definition. We also talk about how historically art has included a much broader scope of activity than just visual media, spilling over into other skill-related disciplines, including the sciences, trades and crafts, and any area that requires skill. We discuss how this practical aspect of art helps keep it from becoming something for its own sake. Finally, we discuss how art can be a part of our everyday life, how it intersects with our work and worship, and how, once it is properly defined, we can see art as a central aspect of Christianity.


Listen to the audio version here:
00:00:00 What is Art?
00:04:33 Ridiculous Modern Art
00:08:32 Art as Religion
00:12:12 Art as Rebellion
00:18:18 Money Laundering
00:20:37 Historic Meaning of Art
00:33:51 All Art is Skilled
00:42:46 Idolatrous Art
00:48:40 The Reformation’s Impact on Art
00:53:22 Efficiency
00:59:09 What is Good Art?
01:03:51 Order in Art
01:09:26 Final Thoughts

Production of Reformation Baptist Church of Youngsville, NC
Hosts – Dan Horn, Jonathan Sides, Charles Churchill and Joshua Horn
Technical Director – Timothy Kaiser
Theme Music – Gabriel Hudelson

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