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An Art Apologetic

Pope Benedict XVI once said, “To me, art and the saints are the greatest apologetic for our faith.” As a new generation grows cynical towards certainty and the authority of truth, we would benefit from understanding how God uses beauty to connect with the human soul. Mel McGowan, creative, architect

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Signs Of Life: Finding The Good, True & Beautiful In Popular Culture

If the Religious Right were looking for poster-children for the Irreligious Left, they might spotlight Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon. Penn, raised agnostic, was convicted of a domestic assault charge against his then-wife Madonna, was arrested for beating a photographer, had two children with actress Robin Wright before

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Art in Theology

“There exists the icon of the Trinity by St. Andrei Rublev; therefore God exists.” This statement by Fr. Pavel Florensky, Russian Orthodox priest, mathematician, art historian and martyr, is not the kind of apologetic strategy that Christians in the West are used to. To say that our tastes run toward

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Finding Beauty

How can God make His home in a heart that is lacking beauty by rage, jealousy, or pain? In this talk, Trina talks about how God came upon her trials and showed her how He intended her life to be whole with an eternal beauty. We must learn to behold

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Why Should We Care About Contemporary Art?

In a world with such exhausting personal and global crises, many pose the question, why does art matter? Lynn Aldrich virtually walks us through her gallery as she makes the argument that a broken world, a digital world, a fast world is more in need of tangible art than ever.

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The Paradox of Beauty

Why should Christians care about culture? One reason is apparent: beauty is one of the most effective ways that God's love reaches an over-politicized postmodern culture. In this excerpt from his talk at Q New York, artist and thinker Makoto Fujimura explores how beauty, cultural engagement, and love of neighbor

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