Sunday, 20 March 2011
The Wilderness and the Desert of the Real - Geoff Hall
Part 1 of 4 in Spiritual Direction in a Postmodern Landscape
pbk, 59pp, £
What is Christian art? How does spirituality and art relate? What does it mean to be a Christian artist?
Is it more than painting biblical scenes or painting a sheep in each picture? Geoff Hall maintains that it is more than that. In this, the first of four books, he looks at the calling of the Christian artist. A calling that involves desert and wilderness: 'between the Call and its realisation, comes The Wilderness!' p. 14. In the wilderness God can create a depth of character and experience that will help shape the artists work - and hopefully move beyond painting sheep in the picture!
Hall is not advocating an interaction of art and spirituality, an icing of spirituality on the cake of art he is seeking a robust integration of spirituality and art, of art and spirituality. Neither is he wanting an art through theology approach, as he rightly observes 'art is not theology' (p 33).
This is a great brief book; it can be read in less than an hour but will take hours to digest and meditate on the wisdom and insight it contains.
Cast of Characters 13
Direction through a Weary Land 17
At Work in the Digital Babel 21
The Desert of the Real 25
Synthetic Spirituality 31
Also in this series 52
About the author 54
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