Friday, November 12, 2004

ART'S PROMISE AND POWER. Yesterday it occurred to me (or at least resurfaced within me) that a way to reveal the hollow way of mammon and violence, and to simultaneously bring light to grace and peace, is through arts and literature. Political partisanship is getting us nowhere. The evangelical church is losing its witness amid partisanship, just as mainline communities of faith lost theirs a generation ago. But art--the written word, the dramatized situation, the song lifted, and the vision graphically cast--has more power to delegitimate war and cumber, and to bring the possibility of grace into our lives than the currently prevailing methods of choice.

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