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Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book A Poetic Orthodoxy by Benjamin P. Myers, published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. If you like these quotes and want to support the authors, consider grabbing a copy of the book by clicking here.
“Art is something that God has given to all the creatures made in his image. God is so good that he allows even his rebellious creatures—looking at artists in the modern world, some might say some of his most rebellious creatures—to echo his creative goodness through creations exhibiting great beauty and containing great depth.”
“Our faith clearly demands we never elevate the things of this world to the status of God, and thus we are prohibited from making “images” in that sense. Yet our faith also demands we recognize both the goodness of creation and our inherent nature as embodied beings, a recognition greatly aided by the making of images in a very different, artistic, sense.”
“The Christian artist who wraps himself in sunbeams and daffodils fails to be Christian at all, producing a bloodless, lifeless art that pleases a middle-class consumerism or a postmodern self-esteem, not an authentic Christian encounter with a hurting world.”
“For poetry to resonate with a distant memory of Eden, it must reject the gnostic view of creation as inherently evil on the one hand and the romantic view of nature as an unfallen perfection on the other. From the Christian standpoint, art has an aesthetic responsibility to reality. It must capture the in-betweeness, the something good and the “something missing,” of our lives in the fallen world.”
“Aesthetic success, in the Christian view, depends to some extent on the ability of the artist to mirror God’s orderly creation, sometimes revealing a deeper order beneath the apparent disorder introduced by sin.”
“When we become more comfortable with metaphor, we become more alert to the depths of God’s creation and of God’s creativeness. Any good metaphor can be a step toward worshipping the one true God.”
“…good poetry gestures simultaneously toward the richness of creation and toward the reality of the transcendence. It is inherently anti-secular. A great poem points through the physical world toward the ineffable.”
“…aesthetic standards are readily assessable in the rich worldview of Christian orthodoxy.”
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