Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What He Said: Schaeffer on Art

"We are not being true to the artist as a man if we consider his art work junk simply because we differ with his outlook on life. Christian schools, Christian parents, and Christian pastors often have turned off young people at just this point. Because the schools, the pastors and the parents did not make a distinction between technical excellence and content, the whole of much great art has been rejected with scorn or ridicule. Instead, if the artist's technical excellence is high, his is to be praised for this, even if we differ with his world-view."
- Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible

2 comments:

Paul said...

Schaffer says it so well. Of course, the reverse is also true: we do great damage if we call junk art just because we agree with the worldview.

Jacob said...

That is so very true, sir....so very true....