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.