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Art & Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts
More Christians than ever before are studying and working in music, painting, sculpture, theater, television, film, architecture and more. Are you one of them? If so, you, like artists in every discipline, face the challenge of working in a way that is both wholly Christian and wholly contemporary, Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin have written this practical and inspirati ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published December 27th 2001 by InterVarsity Press
(first published September 16th 2001)
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Extremely comprehensive and extremely well written. These authors know their art, they know their culture, they know their theology, and they know how to write. It's a little more academic than I was expecting, but it's done so well that it's hard to complain. It's somewhat focused on the fine art/visual art world, but they do an impressive job of relating everything to every form of art.
I found this book to be mostly just restating the questions that Christian artists have, rather than providing any good answers. The insights that did come out were based off of quotes from other creatives (C.S. Lewis, Franky Schaeffer, Calvin Seerveld, Dorothy Sayers, Hans Rookmaaker, to name a few), so really the quotes in the margins were the best part of the book.
4.5 stars. A great book that offers a lot of info, history, examples and theological thinking about the arts. I found it to be engaging, thought-provoking, as well as practical. A good read for anyone interested in the topic of Theology and the Arts.