How creativity relates to theology is a topic of ongoing conversation among contemporary Christians. While, in a former era, Christianity and the arts enjoyed an especially fruitful marriage (just think of Bach’s voluminous sacred compositions, or Michelangelo’s majestic work on the Sistine Chapel), in modern times, it often seems as if this union has been all but dissolved. So much so that, especially in the modern West, many would say the relationship between Christianity and creativity (at least of a variety marked by substance, excellence, and originality) has been defined more by antithesis than synthesis. The examples of this are manifold: kitschy religious-themed trinkets; derivative, sappy, theologically vacuous songs; and cartoonish portraits of a blue-eyed Jesus in flowing robes.
I pursued becoming a theologian to bring theology to the church – to help the church love theology, and to see that theology is in part application, and livable, and central to the Christian life.
Western Seminary’s Ryan Lister has recently published The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives and was asked to blog on the topic of his book for Crossway. Fundamental Questions In 2002, Rick Warren released The Purpose Driven Life, a wildly popular book that topped numerous best…Continue reading The Purpose Driven God