A few weeks ago, Ned Bustard of Square Halo Books recommended several books on the arts. One of those was Art for God’s Sake, a small book packed with insight by Philip Graham Ryken. Here are a couple of my favorite passages:
“God’s careful instructions for building the tabernacle [in Exodus 31] remind us that his perfection sets the standard for whatever we create in his name. Whatever we happen to make—not only in the visual arts, but in all the arts—we should make it as well as we can, offering God our very best” (p. 38).
“To be pleasing to God, art must be true as well as good. Truth has always been one important criterion for art. Art is the incarnation of the truth. It penetrates the surface of things to portray them as they really are” (p. 39).
Happy New Year, everyone! May your 2008 be filled with Goodness, Truth, and Beauty.
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