Faithful Artist

A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts

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Cameron J. Anderson
Studies in Theology and the Arts
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic
    , November
     2016.
     283 pages.
     $26.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780830850648.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Frank England forthcoming.

Description

The tension between Christianity and the arts is often real. 

But it also offers a false dichotomy. Many Christian artists think that they must choose between their faith and their artistic calling. 

Drawing upon his experiences as both a Christian and a practicing artist, Cameron J. Anderson explores the dynamics of faith and art in this latest volume in IVP Academic's Studies in Theology and the Arts series. 

Tracing the relationship between evangelicalism and modern art in postwar America—two entities that often found themselves at odds with each other—Anderson raises several issues that confront artists. With skill, sensitivity and insight, he considers questions such as the role of our bodies and our senses in our experience of the arts, the relationship between text and image, the persistent dangers of idolatry, the possibility of pursuing God through an encounter with beauty and more. 

Throughout this study, Anderson's principal concern is how Christian artists can faithfully pursue their vocational calling in contemporary culture. Readers will find here not only an informed and thoughtful response, but also a vision that offers guidance and hope.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Cameron J. Anderson is an artist and the Executive Director of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). Prior to joining CIVA, he served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for thirty years, most recently as the national director for graduate and faculty ministries. He lectures frequently on the arts, media, advertising, and contemporary culture, and he coedited, with Sandra Bowden, Faith and Vision: Twenty-five Years of Christians in the Visual Arts.

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