|Art & Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts|
Hilary Brand, Adrienne Chaplin
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More Christians than ever before are studying and working in music, painting, sculpture, theatre, television, film, architecture, and more. They face the challenge of working in a way that is both wholly Christian and wholly contemporary. This practical guide encourages artists and those interested in the arts to develop a Christian worldview from which they can approach their crafts. A wide range of illustrations, both historical and contemporary, illuminates the text as the authors explore the conflicting influences on Christians entering the arts. They correlate the major biblical themes of creation, fall and redemption to the business of making art. This book, as few others do, raises significant issues for people who are serious about art and Christianity.
|"Art and Soul serves equally well for neophytes in the arts, mature artists who wish to make the vitality of the arts know to non-artists, or practicing artists of faith who wish to reconnect with their Christian roots. That makes Art and Soul and invaluable resource in the classroom or the church hall."
Arts Editor, Christianity Today Magazine
Co-founder, Christians in the Arts Networking USA
"This is a book that needed to be written and I thoroughly recommend it, not only to those who work in the arts but to all Christians who wish to understand and appreciate our artistic heritage...it explodes the myth that 'art' is not for Christians."
Association of Christian Writers, UK
"I have used Art and Soul as a text for a senior seminar in the visual arts...anyone involved in music, theatre, film or the visual arts will find here a wealth of stimulating material for inspiration and discussion on a variety of levels."
Professor of Art, Dordt College, Iowa, USA
"Art and Soul is a unique, important and dare I say essential addition to the too few books available on the subject of Christianity and the arts...It pioneers several new paths, all which will inspire the artist to think and to dream well...This is an exceptional book."
|"This is a well-written response to the situation of working in the arts in current post-modern society and working out of a Christian worldview. The usefulness of the book has been enhanced by extensive illustrations of contemporary British artists."
Pastor and professional artist, Australia
"More than anything, this is a book that addresses where we are now. It will help you understand what's going on in the Turner Prize show - and it will give you an insight into how some significant and creative Christian artists are grappling biblically with the culture of the millennium."
"Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin serve us well with their critical insights into the opportunities and ordeals of art and art making. Art and Soul responsibly engages the realities faced by both contemporary makers and receivers of the visual arts."
Professor of Art, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, USA
"The most comprehensive exploration of arts from an evangelical Christian perspective."
Associate Professor of English, Nyack College, USA