The Reformation & the Arts

Thursday, 30 Aug 2007

A major controversy during the time of the Reformation involved the proper use of the arts. Despite the artistic glories of the medieval church, the Reformers believed that art was being misused, that it was obscuring the Gospel behind a haze of aesthetic experience. In some ways, the medieval approach to the arts, as condemned by the Reformers, is coming back among contemporary evangelicals. The Reformation, however, did not stifle the arts. Rather, in distinguishing art from religion, the Reformation liberated the arts, sparking an explosion of creativity and artistic excellence. Both the contemporary church and the ...

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