From the beginning of the book, Todd Smith shows his deep passion for the history of arts by dating back to the 18th century where he talks about the origins of the singing schools. With the first pages of his book, Smith brings the pioneers that first mixed gospel and arts together. This was very pivotal and interesting since most people don’t really know the beginning stages of arts in the church. In his book Todd was really trying to get the reader to focus on the importance of the church history and key movements that took place throughout the history of the Church. He articulated his book into different sections that covered theatre, music, visual arts, dance, theology education and arts, congregation’s denominations and the arts, and global arts networks and renewal. All of which that broadcast his overall take on the history of arts.
On the issue of music in the reading, the origin of singing schools was brought up. The way that Singing schools helped to reform church music, worship services, and educate church goers intrigued me from the view that God could use ordinary singing schools to help promote his word. Visual Arts was discussed in Todd’s book as well and the emphasizes on church building’s being a sign of a visual symbol at first puzzled me but I later grasp more on to what the author was trying to portray. The church itself is a visual to both its members and those who see it from the outside, so in Todd comparing the two I can see how visual arts would be even apart of the structure of how a church is built.
The moving image which came into play in the early 1900s helped evangelism in a huge way. Church used film to achieve their mission of attracting new audiences, of instructing and entertaining their congregations, and of exploiting nontheatrical films to serve the kingdom of God and their parishes. Without Visual Arts in the church great T.V evangelists such as Billy Graham may not have had such a bigger impact on society as they did have. Dance which plays a huge role in the church was also covered in the reading and with it brought a bigger light on my previous assumption on how worshiping through dancing should be presented in the church.