Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Detergent Church: Sola Scriptura or Sola Cultura

Doug Giles tells how to get the Church back on track.

It also applies to the Catholic Church.

Here's something I find to be especially true:

And that leads me to ask, where has the brilliant art gone? Where is the mind-blowing stuff, y’know, the paintings, sculptures, architecture and music that make you dribble your Slurpee down your shirt? Where are the books that are weighty and transcendent, books with a shelf life of 500 years, versus the five weeks my last book had? Where in the world is clever and tasteful Christian TV, and why do we have to wait twenty years between solid movies like Chariots of Fire and The Passion of the Christ?

I’ll tell you why . . . The Church has embraced a low view of the arts. God hasn’t changed His high view of art, we have. And here’s the painful reality: If the Church doesn’t shed this point of view regarding quality artistic endeavors, if we stay removed from creativity and human expression, then we will forever live on the peripheries of the public square, whining about Michael Moore movies.

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