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  1. I appreciate the intricately constructed argument based on fundamental doctrines– creation, God’s sovereignty, and incarnation. As Christians, we tend to lose sight of these truths when we engage the arts, and we are certainly missing out on some great things when we categorize art as “Christian” and “non-Christian.”
    That being said, some questions come to my mind based on another fundamental doctrine–that of the fall and human sin. How does human sinfulness play out in artistic expression? Is there some art that reflects more sinful tendencies than others? If every part of creation was tainted by the fall, then it must have some effects on art as well. In your argument, the fall is not specifically mentioned–not that it has to be, but I am wondering how you would respond to the aforementioned questions. These are not intended to be “gotcha” questions, but ones that I have a hard time working through myself when I try to engage the arts. I would appreciate any of your insights. Thank you for helping me think through this topic.

    1. Hi Cole…You ask some good questions…ones that were beyond the scope of this article but let me mention a few thoughts…
      “If every part of creation was tainted by the fall, then it must have some effects on art as well.”
      If we accept the radical nature of sin tainting everything, as I think we should, the arts but also everything else including our attempts at church, missions, etc. are caught in it. But the wonderful thing about the incarnation, is that while God does not accept and casually brush away our sinfulness, God is able to get past it, work around it, work through it. This is what L’Engle is pushing on when she says, “The incarnation suggests that nothing, including human flesh is too fallen for adoption into God’s purposes”. God can be revealed in anything anywhere that God chooses.

      “How does human sinfulness play out in artistic expression? Is there some art that reflects more sinful tendencies than others?”
      The arts certainly contain their fair of sinfulness…greed, lust, ego, etc. I wish I could tease out a little more of your thoughts behind the questions. Let me share one sense where my ethics comes into play. I teach photography…which means I am way too tied to technology and particularly Apple and Adobe products. I simultaneously love and hate them! They are wonderful when they work together, however they don’t always work together especially over time. As technology progresses, old technology becomes outdated and obsolete, but they do so in leaps in planned obsolecence. Both could continue to update things so that they work together, but they dont. We who are tied to these things now become slaves to keep them updated or lose our ability to work and now with the cloud, even lose our work. The consumers are being abused. I am sure that this in no way answers your intent, however its what came to mind. Let me know if you have something specific in mind and I will try to respond. Thanks again for reading.

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