Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Christianity and Art

Picasso said, "Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen." If this is true it is really a slam on the state of modern Christian art and even modern "Christianity" in general.

Here is a quote from Franky Schaeffer and some photographic proof to back up his rant.

Today, Christian endeavor in the arts is typified by the contents of your local Christian bookstore-accessories-paraphenalia shop. For the coffee table we have a set of praying hands made out of some sort of pressed muck. Christian posters are ready to adorn your walls with suitable Christian graffiti to sanctify them and make them a justifiable expense. Perhaps a little plastic cube witha mustard seed entombed within to boost your understanding of faith. And as if this were not enough, a toothbrush with a bible verse stamped on its plastic handle. And a comb with a Christian slogan or two impressed on it. On a flimsy rack are stacked a pile of records. You may choose them at random blindfolded, for most of them will be the same idle rehash of acceptable spiritual slogans, endlessly recycled as pablum for the tone-deaf, television-softened brains of our present day Christians.

From this:

To this:


Your Eldest said...

"Jesus got game? You know he do fool."
Glad to see you started back up. I'd been checking it all the time to see if you had yet. Don't stop now.

Jeff Johnson said...

Still goin'.