In W. D. O. Taylor’s book “For the Beauty of the Church,” I found this quote very relevant to the importance of art for us as Christians, “it is imperative, particularly for artists who call themselves Christian believers, to glorify God in their creative lives” (Taylor, 9). This quote just shows that those who believe in God need to use their talents for His glory. Art has always been an important part of religion and it needs to stay that way, Todd Smith does a tremendous job of explaining the many types of art and their importance.
Todd Smith goes through several different types of art in his book and he goes through and explains the importance of each type and the initial origin. He goes through many historical periods that are very noteworthy for art and are huge landmarks in the expansion of art in religion. Todd Smith shows his love for art and God in his book by how he makes sure everyone knows that he believes that they should stay connected and grow together and through the other. In his mind art and religion should be hand in hand. He makes it his mission to protect art in the church and encourage the continuance of expression of religion through the many types of art noted in his book.
Schaeffer, Francis A., and Michael Card. Art and the Bible. InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 2006; 2009;
Smith, Anthony Todd. Creative Church: The Arts and a Century of Renewal. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2015. Print.
Taylor, W. D. O. For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts. Baker Books, Grand Rapids, 2010.
Methodist Church, Flickr. Personal photograph by author. 2010.
Gigathlon tent stock Church, Pixabay. Personal photograph by author. 2015.
Harvard, Flickr. Personal photograph by author. 2010.
Stage curtain curtain stage, Pixabay. Personal photograph by author. 2015.
Cross church faith, Pixabay. Personal photograph by author. 2017.
Stained Glass Window, Pixabay. Personal photograph by author. 2016.