Suddenly You Can Begin to Breathe

Christians ought not to be threatened by fantasy and imagination. Great painting is not “photographic”: think of the Old Testament art commanded by God. There were blue pomegranates on the robes of the priest who went into the Holy of Holies. In nature there are no blue pomegranates. Christian artists do not need to be threatened by fantasy and imagination, for they have a basis for knowing the difference between them and the real world “out there.” The Christian is the really free person–he is free to have imagination. This too is our heritage. The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.

~Francis Schaeffer, from Art & the Bible

Francis Schaeffer was born on this day, January 30th in 1912.  As a man of both deep intellect and diverse, yet highly integrated gifts, his contributions to Christian apologetics still stand among its foundational cornerstones. He wrote Art & the Bible in 1973 at the heart of the Jesus Movement of the 1970s. As a poet and musician, I found in it a unifying force that brought together every aspect of my life.

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Speaking in Silence

Susan Sontag was born on this day, January 16th in 1933. In her book The Aesthetics of Silence she said

Every era has to reinvent the project of “spirituality” for itself (Spirituality = plans, terminologies, ideas of deportment aimed at the resolution of painful structural contradictions inherent in the human situation, at the completion of human consciousness, at transcendence.) In the modern era, one of the most active metaphors for the spiritual project is “art.” …The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence. A coquettish, even cheerful nihilism. One recognizes the imperative of silence but goes on speaking anyway.

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