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Resources concerning the arts and related issues


  • The Play Is Not the Thing: To Understand the Era, Watch What Surrounds the Stage by Tim McIntosh. Argues that the spaces surrounding theatre stages reveal cultural beliefs and asks what modern theatre spaces say about our culture. (10/14; posted 4/15)
  • What Is Art For? by Eliot Grasso. Discusses art as a vehicle for accomplishing God's purposes. (3/14; posted 4/15)
  • Gerard and God’s Grandeur by Tim McIntosh. Looks at the life and work of poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. (01/12; posted 3/13)
  • Modern Abstract Art: Whence? And Why? by R. Wesley Hurd. Addresses common questions about abstract art. (12/11; posted 1/12)
  • Thoughts on Art and Its Making by R. Wesley Hurd. Explores the definition, language, process, and effect of art. (1/09; posted 1/10)
  • Digging Beneath Six Feet Under by Nancy Scott. Explores how a modern television show raises and answers questions about the meaning of life and death. (1/06; posted 1/08)
  • Is Goodness Boring? by Ron Julian. Shows how "virtue" suffers in two book-to-movie stories. (5/03; posted 3/04)
  • Christians & Serious Art by R. Wesley Hurd. Discusses the nature of fine art and the challenges for the Christian artist. (6/03; posted 2/04)
  • How the Story Ends by Ron Julian. Reviews three movies that highlight our culture's semi-biblical view of death. (8/99; posted 2/01)
  • The Artful in Us All by R. Wesley Hurd. Describes the inevitable place of art in human experience and the challenge of Christian artmaking. (6/97; posted 2/01)
  • Creating in Faith by Jeff Johnson. Reflections on being an artist and a Christian. (6/91; posted 2/01)
  • Art and Modern Art by R. Wesley Hurd. Considers how modern art speaks and what it is saying about the human condition. (1/91; posted 2/01)
  • A Little Light Reading by Ron Julian. Presents a personal appreciation of Christian values in the arts, as seen in the Father Brown stories. (6/92; posted 2/01)
  • A Room Full of Books by Jeff Johnson. Portrays the value of books in our spiritual journey. (2/94; posted 2/01)
  • Thoughts on Art, Popular Culture, and the Gospel by Tucker A. Teague. Explores the effect of the popular visual arts on our perception of reality and the communication of the gospel. (9/94; posted 2/01)
  • After Virtue by R. Wesley Hurd. Portrays the departure of the ideal of virtue from the arts and popular culture. (2/95; posted 2/01)
  • Artistic Calling in the Church by R. Wesley Hurd. Defends the legitimacy of art as a calling for believers. (8/93; posted 2/01)
  • Schindler’s List by R. Wesley Hurd. Reflects on the significance of Spielberg's film to the baby-boom generation. (3/94; posted 2/01)
  • Outer Limitations by Nancy Scott. Highlights the worldview assumptions behind the classic sci-fi series, "The Outer Limits." (1/94; posted 2/01)

Audio Series

Audio series with talks related to Arts.

  • If you use iTunes to manage your audio/video files, you can download many of these files at our iTunes U site.
  • Many of the MSC audio files below were first recorded at Reformation Fellowship, where some of the MSC staff teach.

  • An Anniversary Medley (Oktoberfuss 2004). On the occasion of McKenzie Study Center's 25th anniversary and Gutenberg College's 10th, Gutenberg tutors present "An Anniversary Medley" of talks at the 2004 Oktoberfuss:
    Jack Crabtree reflects on the nature, role, and value of personal Bible study.
    R. Wesley Hurd proposes that all forms of art are formed by the interplay of the artist's beliefs and the effort to create meaningfully.
    David Crabtree argues that our understanding of the oft cited analogy of the human body's "organization" has significant implications for the individual's life in the Church.
    Ron Julian takes a balanced look at the argument of the very popular book The Purpose Driven Life. (Also on iTunes)
  • Kierkegaard & Artmaking. Gutenberg College tutors Jack Crabtree and R. Wesley Hurd explore Kierkegaard's views on Christianity and culture, as well as his "artful" strategy of communication, issues of great relevance to artmakers. (These talks were given in 2003 at a conference of Art Project, an institute of Gutenberg College.) (Also on iTunes)

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