In this provocative book, Franky Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the artistic prominence they enjoyed for centuries and settled instead for mediocrity. The evidence for this sad state of affairs abounds. We are flooded with "Christian" doodads, trinkets, tee shirts, bumper stickers, etc., that use God's name as an advertising slogan: "Things Go Better with Jesus", putting the Creator of the universe on the same level as soda pop!
Moreover, Schaeffer writes, "Whenever Christians, and evangelicals in particular, have attempted to 'reach the world' through the media, TV, film, publishing and so on, the thinking public gets the firm idea that, like soup in a bad restaurant, Christians' brains are best left unstirred."
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Arts Must Be Quality
Excellent Points, Lacks Delivery
Frank Schaeffer is the son of Francis Schaeffer ("The God Who Is There", "How Shall We Then Live").While eloquently identifying the mediocrity of American evangelical Christianity in the realm of the arts, the Q&A section betrays a bellicose pomposity and self-aggrandizement that could have been omitted.I would consider Part 1 worth the price of admission and should be a worthwhile starting point for those who (like me) have been extremely troubled by the crass, artless and polarizing culture of American Evangelical Christianity.
Schaeffer has made his point far better in other works like "Crazy for God" and "Patience With God".
Bernard happens to favor Schaeffer vocally.
Part 1, early in the volume . . . I have had many of the same thoughts and felt quite alone and without ability to express them. The mediocre pablum that is Christian music is enough to fill a heart with despair.
Buy the book, skip Part II (Q&A).
- Gregory Lygon