Art: God’s Visible Sermon to the World

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Throughout much of its history, the church has embraced the arts and shared the gospel story through words, music and images. From the brightly colored mosaics and frescos adorning the floors, walls and ceilings of early churches and catacombs, to its luxuriously illuminated manuscripts and stained-glass windows, the church once highly valued art and artists. Then, something changed. Religious artistry came under dispute due to the idolatrous abuse and shifting medieval interpretations of the second commandment (Exodus 20:4; Deuteronomy 5:8). Skeptics began removing and destroying art that they felt violated the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). While these leaders were fighting against the sin of idolatry and were not opposed to the idea of art per se, the lines became blurred, and an imbalanced suspicion toward art in Christendom emerged. …Read More.