I’ve written quite a bit about the arts, how they interact with our faith as Christians, and how they ought to be incorporated into the lives of our churches (see here, or here, or here). In my experience, Christians are becoming increasingly open to the value of the arts, but they don’t know where to start in learning more about what art is, how it functions, and how it might be incorporated into our lives and churches. If that’s you, I’ve got a great suggestion for you.
We’ve recently created two Silo courses on the arts: Art & the Bible and Engaging the Arts. The beauty of a Silo course is that the whole thing is broken up into five minute videos. This means it fits your schedule, no matter what your schedule looks like. You can work through the material in a relatively short amount of time, or you can fit the material into the gaps in your schedule, however small and infrequent these may be.
The first course, Art & the Bible, lays the foundation for a Christian understanding of the arts. The course answers questions like: What does the Bible say about art? What does it mean for a Christian to interact with art? What is Christian art? The course contends that art is a gift from God that we must pursue with joy and discernment. The second course, Engaging the Arts, builds upon the Art & the Bible course by taking on a more practical feel and addressing issues of what it means for a Christian to create art that glorifies God and communicates with the surrounding culture, how art can be an avenue for our mission as Christians, and how art can deepen our churches.
From now until the end of 2015, you can take either or both courses for 40% off. That means that either class is $15 as an individual or $12 each if you take it as a group. Just use the coupon code thearts when you pay for the course.
I’ve embedded the first two sessions of each course below, along with the outline of each course. Our prayer is that these courses will help you grow in your love for God and his gifts, and that they will provide a catalyst for you to incorporate the arts into your life, your church, and your mission.
Session 1: Reclaiming Art as a Gift from God
Session 2: Art Is Deeply Humanizing
Session 3: What Is Art?
Session 4: Art & Creation
Session 5: Art in the Bible
Session 6: Romans 1 & a Theology of Art & Culture
Session 7: Truth & Suppression
Session 8: What Makes Art Christian? Part 1
Session 9: What Makes Art Christian? Part 2
Session 10: How Art Embodies Worldview
Session 11: Is Culture a Cesspool or a Playground?
Session 12: Developing a Christian Posture Toward Art
Session 1: What Does the Bible Say about Art?
Session 2: How Art Communicates, Part 1
Session 3: How Art Communicates, Part 2
Session 4: The Dark Side of Art, Part 1
Session 5: The Dark Side of Art, Part 2
Session 6: Creating Art, Part 1
Session 7: Creating Art, Part 2
Session 8: Bad Art, Part 1
Session 9: Bad Art, Part 2
Session 10: Art & Mission, Part 1
Session 11: Art & Mission, Part 2
Session 12: Art & the Church, Part 1
Session 13: Art & the Church, Part 2