The Christian Imagination

Christian art? Art is art; painting is painting; music is music; a story is a story. If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject.
Madeleine L'Engle

To be a Christian is not certain things you do, but the way you do all things.
Ken Heffner

It is not the believer's goal to integrate their art with the faith, rather the art of God's chosen people must spring from their faith.
Ned Bustard

My faith is not what I write about or what I paint about, but it is the light by which I see.
Flannery O'Conner

I don't want to have an agenda. I think my faith does come through, so in that sense there is an agenda, but it is quite a subtle one. You've got to respect your audience and not try to do their thinking for them.
Nick Park

If our lives are truly 'hid with Christ in God,' the astounding thing is that this hiddenness is revealed in all that we do and say and write. What we are is going to be visible in our art, no matter how secular (on the surface) the subject may be.
Madeleine L'Engle

The artist must prophesy not in the sense that he foretells things to come, but in the sense that he tells his audience, at the risk of their displeasure, the secrets of their own hearts.
R.G. Collingwood

To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did non exist.
Cardinal Suhard

God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theatres.... And I don't mind telling you that most of the people we are trying to reach will never come to a church to see a lot of amateur actors putting on a home-talent show.
A.W. Tozer

I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft.
Exodus 31:1-5

So Saul said to his servants, "Provide for me someone who can play well, and bring him to me." One of the young men answered, "I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a warrior, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence; and the Lord is with him."
1 Samuel 16.17-18

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

I think really, that as in all other fields, we must be Christian. That is essentially what a Christian has to do. There are some Christians who I have met in the media and their influence has been out of proportion to what it might seem to be, just because they were Christians and were known to be Christians. I don't think that a Christian has to be a particular type of Christian to be a diplomat, or a particular sort of Christian to be a doctor, or a particular sort of Christian to be a laborer. He has, in all circumstances, to be a Christian.
Malcolm Muggeridge