Corey Bourassa - Prosfessor Wright - Art 105-001 - 25 April 2017
Todd Smith, the author of the book “A Creative Church: The Arts and a Century of Renewal” is currently the chair of the Studio and Digital Arts department at Liberty University and director of the University’s art gallery. In 2014 Smith published this book for creative Christians along with anyone who wants to glorify God through various art forms, in order provide them an accurate documentation of the many activities that contributed to renewal of the arts within the church.
One of my favorite parts of Smith’s book was that he addressed the role of arts within the church in relation to the non-religious culture around us. He explains why the church was having such a hard time relating to secular art. Smith writes “Christians should make Christian art is the reason so many evangelicals are uncomfortable with art in general or with art found in the various locations of culture.” (160) To expand on Smiths, idea, he says this false assumption that Christians should create Christian art is resulting in the church not truly living out the gospel in the cultural context they are living in So we should create art so we can say, in what every we do, we do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:32).
Whether if I thought the material was interesting, I did learned that as it was then is as it is now, art and the church are inseparable. Regardless of the time we are living in, the church will always create art, and our creativity will always point back to our creative God. Additionally, I also learned that never just one large event changes culture, but it is always a large chain of small event that take place over time to start a movement.