For the Beauty of the Church

by W. David O. Taylor    |     Book Summary


Author: W. David O. Taylor
Publisher: Baker Books
Date: March 1, 2010
Pages: 204

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


The subject of the arts has not been one without controversy in Christian history. Still today, art is a divisive topic in the Christian community. Is art a waste of time? Is it too sensuous, too worldly? Is it a distraction from more serious aspects of worship? There are significant, major figures of Christian thought who have answered those questions in completely opposite ways.

So what should be the church’s attitude towards the arts? Though the question must be answered thoughtfully, the ultimate reality is that artists can provide real value to the church. Though certain dangers must be avoided, the arts can provide something to the church that cannot be found in a pastoral sermon or an authoritative reading of Scripture. There is a beauty, which finds its source in God, that the arts can bring into the lifeblood of the church community that is hard to replicate through any other means. Pastors have a responsibility to nurture and encourage artists to bring them into the fold of the church community.





For the Beauty of the Church

by W. David O. Taylor

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Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

AuthorW. David O. Taylor
PublisherBaker Books
DateMarch 1, 2010
Pages204


Overview:

The subject of the arts has not been one without controversy in Christian history. Still today, art is a divisive topic in the Christian community. Is art a waste of time? Is it too sensuous, too worldly? Is it a distraction from more serious aspects of worship? There are significant, major figures of Christian thought who have answered those questions in completely opposite ways.

So what should be the church’s attitude towards the arts? Though the question must be answered thoughtfully, the ultimate reality is that artists can provide real value to the church. Though certain dangers must be avoided, the arts can provide something to the church that cannot be found in a pastoral sermon or an authoritative reading of Scripture. There is a beauty, which finds its source in God, that the arts can bring into the lifeblood of the church community that is hard to replicate through any other means. Pastors have a responsibility to nurture and encourage artists to bring them into the fold of the church community.




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