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We Speak through Nature; Nature Speaks through Us

“To an angel, art must seem a very foreign thing indeed.” —Nicholas Wolterstorff in Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic (Eerdmans, 1980) Imagine this: There is a woman in your congregation who is a talented quilter. She’s covered all the beds in her house and most of the beds in her children’s and grandchildren’s houses with her handiwork. Inevitably, she begins making quilts for members of the congregation – particularly those who are ill or grieving. Nothing says comfort,…
Lisa DeBoer
October 31, 2015
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Compare and Contrast

Lisa DeBoer In the foreword to Steve Guthrie's Creator Spirit, Jeremy Begbie observes, "In our culture, there seems to be an intuitive sense that ‘the spiritual' and the world of the arts are somehow intimately related." As a professor teaching in an art department in a Christian liberal arts college, I can attest to the truth of this observation. Whether the underlying assumption itself, however—that the arts truly are somehow uniquely, intimately spiritual—is correct, remains to be argued. Were one…
Lisa DeBoer
March 1, 2013