An article I read recently, titled Birmingham is not New York: 5 Cautions for Arts Ministry, warns that “The grandiose language of redeeming art is unhelpful at best.”
Almost five years ago now I wrote somewhat glowingly about a paper put out by the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. The paper was titled Redeeming the Arts. What I wrote amounted to a preliminary review and didn’t actually address any sort of redemption, but instead reaffirmed some very basic notions within the arts and for the role of artists.
Regardless, the recent article reminded me of the Lausanne title. And, as such, I’m wondering what the author of Birmingham is not New York is really responding too. He points out that the language of redemption has become “ubiquitous” among evangelicals referring to the arts, but he doesn’t really elaborate on why redemption won’t work for the arts.
The idea of redeeming the arts isn’t something I really feel the need to address, so I might actually be in agreement with the author. I’m curious to know what other people think, though, other Christian artists.