The Artist as Creator Who Brings Order out of Chaos

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The Artist as Creator Who Brings Order out of Chaos.

Dorothy Sayers said if all we knew about God was Genesis 1:1, all we would know is that God is creative. Since we are created in God’s image, at least one innate quality of humans is our creativity.

Here is an excerpt from my recent book, The Culturally Savvy Christian.

The Artist as Creator

Writers, filmmakers, painters, and songwriters are often conscious of the spiritual nature of their work.

Novelist John Updike said, “I feel closest to God when writing. You’re singing praises; you’re describing the world as it is.”

One of only two authors to win two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, James Lee Burke describes the artist as a co-creator with God: “God might choose fools and people who glow with neurosis for his partners in creation, but he doesn’t make mistakes.”

Mystic Hildegard of Bingen describes art as a human response to the image of God: “And so the Spirit sweeps through the universe with resounding inspiring, and igniting power, evoking the response of renewed vitality until the last day. This is the purpose and action of God, who has no beginning and no end. He created humanity as the wonderful work of his hand, by equipping people with an impulse and inclination to higher things by enabling them to make their own responses. God did this because he loved people. After all, he is Love itself.”

French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature André Gide is reputed to have said, “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”

The Artist as Orderer of Chaos

Creative people originate new ways of seeing and hearing, often developing structure where none previously existed.

“To shoot a film is to organize an entire universe,” said Swedish filmmaker and director Ingmar Bergman.

Operatic composer Giacomo Puccini said, “Music is noise submitted to order by wisdom.”

The late playwright Arthur Miller said, “I’m a writer, so I write. That is my job. But it is more than a job. I just have a terrifically pleasant feeling if I create a form that completes itself and you can walk around it. It is a whole object.”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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