Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

Lewis at Desk Filmmaker Sidney Pollack was asked recently about the steady deterioration of the aesthetic and intelligence of American film. What he said is illuminating: "Are American films bad? A lot of them surely are, and so are a lot of everybody else's, the way most anything produced is bad"breakfast cereals, music, most chairs, architecture, mail-order shirts. There probably hasn't been a really beautiful rake since the Shakers stopped making farm implements!" In the visual arts, the abandonment of an artistic sensibility rooted in the good, the true and the beautiful led art critic Brian Sewell to say of the avant-garde gallery scene of the twentieth century's last decade, "If this is art, I know no word that fits the work of Michelangelo and Titian.  In the breadth of application of Christian thought to all of life."CS Lewis made observations about faith and art. What would CS Lewis do?

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  1. Timely discussion. Thank you. The T.S. Eliot quote was from “The Hollow Men”–not Prufrock.

  2. I didn’t know where to put this but I think it would interest you in a discussion about art and it’s relevence.

    I know that you are interested how religion mixes with culture. Iron Maiden in a song called “For the Greater Good of God” put how I’ve felt about the dangerous mix of religion and violence better than I’ve heard in a long time.

    Go to any search engine and look for the lyrics. The song ends with this refrain:

    He died for all of us He fell upon the cross

    To mourn for all of those who never mourn his loss

    It wasn’t meant for us to feel the pain again

    Tell me why, tell me why

    The writer of the song, bassist Steve Harris, said this, “I’m not pro- or ant-religion, but I think religion is in everbody’s life everyday whether they like it or not. A lot of terrible things have been caused by people’s different ideas about how life should be. This song is just asking why.”

    Adam, From California

    “Religion is like a lift in your shoes. It straightens your step, makes you walk better. But it doesn’t mean you can go around nailing lifts on other peoples shoes.” – George Carlin

  3. JaminP, you beat me to it. 🙂

    There are more purposes for art than have been stated in here. I think art theorists have boiled it down to something like 7 purposes. And any piece can address nearly any number at any time. The church needs a more complex and thorough understanding of art — thanks for addressing this.

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