I snapped this in (the formerly communist) Romania in 2008. Originally meant to be functional rather than beautiful, it is now neither. Christian artists, take note.
"But if evangelism must be the primary purpose of everything we write, then a lot of God’s character will remain unreflected—which will, ironically, not help the cause of evangelism."
"So it is not surprising that, with no such emphasis coming from its leaders, the popular Evangelical subculture seems even more addicted to pragmatism in its approach, as a brief trip through the 'Christian bookstore' will show. Fiction can only be justified if it has an overt evangelistic purpose; works of visual art must have a Scripture verse tacked under them.
"Perhaps when our theologians become concerned with the good of the thing made, some of our people will, too."
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C.S. Lewis was an atheist and a highly trained literary critic. In his autobiography, he said that one of the things that began to turn his heart toward God was the fact that many of his favorite authors (such as George MacDonald) were Christians. They didn't reach him by speaking Christian-ese, but by speaking his language in his accent.
Peter Hitchens, atheist-turned-Christian, and brother of current famous atheist, Christopher Hitchens, believes that art will be a more effective means of reaching educated and hard-hearted cynics and skeptics than reasoned argument. He says this based on his own experience. His atheism began to erode after being unexpectedly confronted by a piece of renaissance art.
Roger Ebert is currently an atheist. It's too difficult to imagine his heart being transformed by the current environment of Christian films.