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November 22, 2017
Luther’s Theology of Beauty
During this Reformation quincentenary anniversary, Martin Luther has been credited and blamed for all...
May 03, 2017
Making church buildings beautiful again
To be sure, people can pray and worship in any kind of building, a sheet...
January 23, 2015
An actor speaks of faith & calling
Whether or not Selma is fair to LBJ, it's supposed to be a powerful movie. ...
December 24, 2014
Mary, Did You Know?
As I've said before, the great challenge for an artist--whether an author, musician, painter, or...
December 17, 2014
Cranach’s “Christ Blessing the Children”
One of my favorite Cranach paintings is "Christ Blessing the Children." See a discussion after...
November 18, 2014
Source for Christian Art & Design
Some Christian artists, of the confessional Lutheran variety, tired of schlocky and doctrinally vapid Christian...
September 08, 2014
Henri Matisse was one of the great artists of the 20th century. What most people...
May 22, 2014
Cranach at the Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has put much of its collection...
July 15, 2013
The Ugliest Churches in the World?
Is your church listed as one of the 35 ugliest churches in the world? Nicholas...
April 26, 2013
An opera about Katie Luther
Remember Lori Lewis, who used to be a frequent commenter on this blog? She is...
March 25, 2013
Bach’s “Passion” as online meditation
Bach is among the very greatest of Christian artists, and his "St. Matthew Passion" is...
January 07, 2013
Hollywood’s explicitly Christian movie
We saw Les Miserables, which has to be the most explicitly Christian film that I...
December 07, 2012
Death of a Christian jazzman
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died at age 92. The man and his quartet showed sheer...
December 04, 2012
“In a struggle against all the musicians of the world”
The nation of Mali has Africa's richest musical tradition and most vibrant musical talent. But...
October 05, 2012
The Transfiguration of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has an interview in Rolling Stone that is confounding some people for bringing...
September 26, 2012
An art critic discovers Luther
Daniel Siedell is a Christian art critic and curator, the author of God in the...
August 07, 2012
Who best approaches the spirit of Bach?
Masaaki Suzuki is a distinguished harpsichordist, organist, Yale music professor, and conductor who founded and...
July 12, 2012
How Christianity, for awhile, became cool
The 1970s was a time of hippies, free love, psychedelic drugs, and cultural revolution. But...
July 06, 2012
Lucas Cranach, cover story
The cover of Books & Culture, the Christian culture journal, features Lucas Cranach, and the...
July 02, 2012
An architect’s vocation
World Magazine has a profile of architect David Greusel, who specializes in designing baseball stadiums. ...
June 06, 2012
VeggieTales creator repents of moralism
More on our continuing series on Christianity & the Arts, how the Christianity part has...
June 01, 2012
Art, Christ, and the agony of Thomas Kinkade
We earlier posted about Daniel Siedell's contention that the late Thomas Kinkade was a "dangerous"...
May 24, 2012
Thomas Kinkade as a nihilistic, dangerous artist
A good test-case for our discussions about what makes for Christian art. Christian art historian...
May 22, 2012
That form overwhelms content
I have spared you my American Idol reflections up to this point, that show being...
April 30, 2012
The defining element in Christian art
Let me propose this thesis, drawing on the recent post about what Bruce Springsteen said...
April 27, 2012
Springsteen on Hank Williams
David Browder quotes from a keynote speech Bruce Springsteen made at the SXSW shindig in...
February 27, 2012
What’s with today’s Christians and movies?
The Washington Post had a big story about a new venture in "doing church" in...
October 26, 2011
More discoveries of Bo Giertz
Justin Taylor, editor at Crossway Books, has a great post--entitled "The Best Christian Novel You Have Never...
June 08, 2011
How bad theology yields bad Christian art
Tony Woodlief at Image (an important journal on Christianity & the Arts) argues for a...
June 07, 2010
The sacramental imagination
A common notion in studies of Christianity and the arts is "the sacramental imagination." It...
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