“Art was not made for evangelism”

This is an H.R. Rookmaaker quote that I read on Rebecca Horton’s Passionately Alive blog quite a few months ago. It’s chalk full of pithy goodness on a few different topics.

    So there are many strange problems in our culture. We have to think and work to solve these problems. They are not just Christian problems but problems of culture in general; many people are working on them, and no one has yet been able to find a solution. Now, the solution is never just a little book or a little definition or a little plan, and it will certainly take one or two generations to accomplish. The answer is not another kind of utilitarian art, Christian utilitarian art, because we shouldn’t be prostituting art to become something it was never made to be. Art was not made for evangelism. We should start a new development that bridges the gaps and solves the problem of the unreality of art in the museum. But first we have to pose the right questions. However, we are only just beginning to see those questions.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

3 Responses to “Art was not made for evangelism”

  1. leaderstress says:

    Good thought(s) provoking quote – going to check out Horton’s blog,
    and follow your links.


  2. Hmm, thanks for the reminder-this post has brought me back to Rookmaaker’s writings at just the right moment. You may also enjoy the musings of Luci Shaw. Have you read anything by her?

    • pcNielsen says:

      I’ve read some short essays but that’s all. Just as soon as I tried to structure some more reading into my days I ended up with a new job. It’s a blessing, but trying to work 50 hours a week (I’m still telecommuting with http://mdat.org part time as well) has left very little time for it.

      And then we went and bought a puppy. It was a year in the making, but talk about time killers!

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