Highlights from Image: Amazing Grace; Bono and Christian music

This new Image blog? I’m loving it. Brave, thought-provoking, substantial¬†new material every week.

Check out A.G. Harmon’s skepticism regarding the celebrated movie Amazing Grace.

And Lukas Kwong’s excellent consideration of church music and the Christian musician. Should Christian musicians be following Bono’s example? Is Sufjan Stevens a good role model?

There’s also thoughtful soul-searching by Laura Good about her eclectic media diet during a time of hardship, and Peggy Rosenthal asks if she, in her “grandmotherly age,” can find some insight into contemporary hip-hop music. (Hint: Yes, she can.)

The best publication on the intersection of faith and art is now boasting one of the finest blogs — perhaps the finest ‚Äî on the subject. Thank you, Mr. Wolfe and company.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • azhiashalott

    I enjoyed A.G. Harmon’s article, although I couldn’t help smiling to myself a little when reflecting on a class I took in university on the literature of the late-18th and early-19th centuries. My professor, herself a devout Evangelical Christian, made a point of driving home to us that the active Evangelical Christians of the day exhibited many of the very qualities and driving forces which caused Harmon to raise an eyebrow (e.g. animal cruelty, social injustice, etc). Yes, the film’s creators obviously made an effort to broaden their audience with their carefully-selected emphases, but I think it’s great that Christians today can see a film where an individual’s Christianity affects every aspect of his life.