Good News Volume 1, No. 1

Good News Volume 1, No. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...sight, notwithstanding the manifold abuses, or imperfect and premature applications of men. Hence there is a Christian art, as well as a Christian science, a spiritual eloquence, a Christian virtue. Feeling and imagination are as much in need of redemption, and capable of sanctification, as reason and will. The proper and highest mission of art lies in the worship of God. We are to worship God ' in the beauty of holiness.' All science culminates in theology and theosophy, all art becomes perfect in culture. Holy Scripture gives it this position, and brings it into the closest connection with religion, from the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of the Revelations, from the paradise of innocence to the new glorified earth. Art has always, and in all civilized nations, stood in intimate connection with worship. Among the heathens it ministered to idolatry. Hence the aversion or suspicion of the early Christians toward it. But the same is true of the philosophy of the Greeks, and the law of the Romans; yet philosophy and law are not in themselves objectionable. All depends upon the spirit which animates these gifts, and the purpose which they are made to serve. The great revolution in the outward condition of the Church under Constantine dissipated the prejudices against art and the hindrances to its employment in the service of the Church. There now arose a Christian art which has beautified and enriched the worship of God, and created immortal monuments of architecture, painting, poetry and melody, for the edification of all ages; although, as the culture of the early church in general perpetuated many elements of Judaism and heathenism, so the history of Christian art exhibits many impurities and superstitions which provoke and justify...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540727
  • 9781236540720