Can an Atheist Make a Good Bible Movie? – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Quotes, Worldview Thinking
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It is important for Christians to recognize and embrace virtue, beauty, and truth in the arts, even if it is created by non-Christians.

Philip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton Coll...

Philip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, photographed on his last Sunday as the senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, in front of the pulpit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“In his book Art for God’s Sake, Philip Ryken says this:

The doctrine of creation teaches that by God’s common grace, the gift of art inevitably declares the praise of its Giver. Thus non-Christian as well as Christian artists can represent virtue, beauty, and truth. It is important to remember, as Nigel Goodwin has said, that “God in his infinite wisdom did not give all his gifts to Christians.”

This is the core of it. Christians need to understand that, through common grace, even the most unregenerate heathen can create something good; something we should take seriously.

As I discuss in my book Gray Matters, the concept of common grace is hugely important in any conversation about Christian appreciation of art. The concept is similar to Calvin’s notion of sensus divinitatis (a sense of the divine), the idea that God implanted in each person an inherent understanding of himself that complements the revelation of creation in which God “speaks to us everywhere.” Calvin believed that “the mind of man, though fallen and perverted from its wholeness, is nevertheless clothed and ornamented with God’s excellent gifts” (Institutes, Book 2, Chapter 2, Section 15).” — Brett McCracken

via Can an Atheist Make a Good Bible Movie? – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric “don’t make me angry” Bana…(if only)

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