Addicted to Mediocrity: Contemporary Christians and the Arts
In this provocative book, Franky Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the artistic prominence they enjoyed for centuries and settled instead for mediocrity. The evidence for this sad state of affairs abounds. We are flooded with "Christian" doodads, trinkets, t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc., that use God's name as an advertising slogan--"Things Go Better wi...more
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However, I found myself increasingly frustrated by the fact that Mr. Schaeffer wasn’t giving concrete examples. He spoke in broad generalizations and made blanket statements about what Christians should and shouldn’t do. He also talked a lot about ...more
I'm going to send this book to my mother. That should give us somethin ...more
1) important message, but DUH. maybe it's not so obvious to some people, but for me the whole thing was a "no duh" experience.
2) i didn't feel like there were many solutions offered, and those that were put forth were pretty vague.
""made in the image of God," it is the area of creativity, t ...more
In the last chapter, responding to questions, he is asked to offer up his favori ...more
I think it will be a book I read and re-read. There is much wisdom in this tiny little book.
Some of my favorite quotes were:
1. Art needs no justification.
2. Christians should add to integrity and quality in all areas of art.
3. Christ redeems our work (art).
4. (paraphrased) There is no need for slogans, propoganda, o ...more
The basic argument of the books is:
- Creativity is an aspect of the image of God in ma ...more
On the other hand, it was pretty obviously written in the heyday of the Moral Majority, and makes snide, strident comments about things like abortion rights, to the point where I had to put it down and go for a walk a couple times.