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Many of you might know I love Charles Spurgeon.  Though I haven’t read him recently I have read and reviewed and quoted different words from the famous Victorian Era preacher on our blog.

In this post I want to review and recommend a Framed Art Print of the famous Prince of Preachers: Charles Spurgeon.

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Philip Graham Ryken. Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 2nd 2006. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read a book that lays the foundation for a Christian view of art?  This is a book worth reading concerning this topic.  It is written by Philip Graham Ryken.  Ryken is the president of Wheaton College which has been compared to as the Evangelical Harvard.  In under a hundred pages Ryken establishes a Christian worldview of art.  I read this aloud with my wife as part of our night’s devotional read and we both enjoyed it.  In addition I enjoyed it enough that half way through the book I had to order it online as a gift for an artist in our church.

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This is one of the books I recommended for this year’s Christian worldview and apologetics presents suggestion.

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This is a good introduction to a Christian view on art. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover and for this work I would also add that neither should you judge a book by it’s size–the book turned out to be better than I expected. Francis Schaeffer delivers in this work that’s really two chapters/essay that lays the foundation for the development of a Christian view of art. In the first chapter, Schaeffer attempts to establish Biblically that art is a godly pursuit. He begins his case with the Lordship of Christ, in which Christ and God is in charge of every area of the Christian life including their creative pursuits. Acknowledging that some Christians invoke the Ten commandments of not having graven images as an objection towards art, Schaeffer has a beautiful and powerful presentation of the Biblical data that this cannot be what the prohibition means since the Bible has arts. Schaeffer surveys the Tabernacle, the Temple and Solomon’s temple for evidence that God approves of art and even biblically backs up a case for poetry, dance and drama. In chapter two, Schaeffer goes over ten principles concerning the direction of how Christians ought to pursue their venture with art and how to evaluate art. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated his four criteria of evaluating art: 1.) Technical abilities (artistic skills), 2.) validity (Schaeffer meant whether they are attempting to really show what the artist believed, or whether they have become mercenaries in their art), 3.) their worldview intellectual content and 4.) message’s relationship to the artistic vehicle. Delineating these four criteria proves to be helpful and can help us as Christians become more nuance when we say what we mean when we dislike a work of art and/or why we like it though not everything is good about it. Excellent work, I thoroughly recommend it.

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