This Book is a kind of history book talking about the development of Christian Arts. This book content Voice of renewal, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, Dance and etc. it is a great book for people to read and learn how to appreciate art.
This talked about setting the stage at first, it tells the reader how American Christian arts changed in twentieth century. According to Smith, “This set against a backdrop of the American Protestant churches’ long history of limiting the use of the arts in congregational life, music being the general exception.” It is very important that people need to know how to use art to serve God. According to Perrone, “art is any form of self-expression that is done by a human being for the purpose of expression.” Art is a way that can let people to show what they think about the world. Christian can use art to let people know who is God and what the relationship between God and human is. It is an easy and directly way to praise and worship Him.
Voices of Renewal is the next topic of the book. According to Smith, “One of the first national events of the new century that helped promote the arts in abroad range of Christian circles occurred in 1903 in Chicago, at the formative meeting of the Religious Education Association.” At that time more and more people realize that it is important to have religious education. Just like Smith mentioned in the first Chapter about singing school. He talked about how gospel songs be taught more regularly in the school in twentieth century. Many art departments were established at that time in order to let more people to know God through art. Art is not only a picture or song, it contains meaning. Religious arts is a nice tool for Christian to not only learn and worship God, but also to preach the gospel for other people.
The third chapter is about theater. This book talks about how drama were used in twentieth century to preach the gospel. According to Smith, “drama was being used for more than spontaneous missionary plays, Sunday school lessons, and social group entertainment…” drama can easy to tell people a Bible story, it is a good example that how God is connected with art.