The following are from a series of comments on a post at The Wartburg Watch, Did Southern Seminary Give ‘Baptist’ Tuition Breaks and Academic Perks to SGM Pastors? My comments were in response to what others were saying about music, culture, and worship. This article gives more the theoretical side of arts, beauty, creativity – and healing.
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Comment #1. I’ve often felt that arts (visual, literary, musical, etc.) are one of the most important antidotes to evil. Thus, the removal of/absence of the arts may tell something about a theology’s practical lack of understanding human nature and aesthetic feeling. Which typically means that all the identity eggs are in the abstract intellectual basket.
Comment #2. P.S. Which also makes sense as to why arts-music-storying tend to play a crucial role in healing for many of us from spiritual abuse survivor backgrounds. Our identity was imploded, our mentality was corroded, our emotions were overloaded … and the arts helped restore our soul and refresh our spirit as life-giving, balance-inducing emotional and aesthetic waters after a death-defying drought.