Items included on this page come from a variety of sources. The perspectives conveyed may or may not express a Lutheran ethos. They can serve our instruction as discussion-starters, examples (positive and negative), and illustrations of intersections between God’s two kingdoms, intersections sometimes characterized by tension, sometimes by congruence. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

A Brief Apologia for Art and Christianity

Fine Arts

Christ the Artist, We the Portfolio: To listen and learn about faith, art, and mission, begin with the words of Jeremiah: “The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel.” Here is the essence of art and the essence of Christianity in one sentence. […]

Religion in Modern and Contemporary Art

Fine Arts

Reports of the Death of Religious Art Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: With religious literacy an increasing necessity for civic life in an age of globalization, voluntary and involuntary immigration, and new instances of diversity, perhaps the arts might help find the ways renewed connections can be made. And, perhaps ultimately, critics will start paying more […]

Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art

Fine Arts

Jewish art challenges the taboo of Jesus: This exhibition at the Israel Museum is a collection of more than 150 artworks by 40 Jewish and Israeli artists who have used Christian imagery to challenge long-held taboos in both communities. It showcases the evolving attitudes of Jewish, Zionist and Israeli artists toward a figure whose place […]

Christmas Carols and Incarnation

Christmas Music Tells the Story: Students can consider ways to analyze hymn content and the role of language as a vehicle for the means of grace.  “Carols and hymns are amazingly succinct theological statements,” says Eileen Guenther, professor of church history at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. “There is more theology in a few […]

Guide to Religious Rights For the Professional Artist

Create Freely: The ADF legal society has published this guide for artists, musicians, designers, artisans, and other creative professionals who seek guidance on managing the current tension between religious liberty and some forms of civil rights activism.  See its p. 22 for “Five Practical Steps” every creative artist can take to protect themselves.

 

Models, Examples, and Suggestions for Instruction

 
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