I had originally intended this blog to merely capsulize and share more broadly the Biblical art that I had gathered and shared with my Sunday School class. Recently, I considered that accomplished and finished. Then, Yohan responded positively to my blog and requested some early Christian art expressive of Christian fellowship. That caused me to explore early Christian art, its environment within the caticombs and then within that of the early Christian churches. That reminded me, first, of my early interest in architecture. I then was reminded of my interest in the humanities early in my career as a music teacher. That included music, art, architecture, dance and literature. What I thought was finished I now see is a further invitation to, or at least opportunity for, a process in which I can explore architecture as an expression of religious ideas and values, then music from simple hymns, chants, plainchant, simple Medieval polyphony, and then development through each of the artistic periods thereafter: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century and Contemporary. Perhaps we will consider all these aspects of the humanities together for each period or locati0n. Perhaps we can also explore literature through those same time or stylistic periods, and even theological developments not only within Christendom but also in Judaism and Islam. (Karen Armstrong has written knowledgeably and extensively on each of those religious orientations, their paths in common or parralel to each other and their divergences).
I don’t know how this will procede, but I have never let early fears to limit me.
“We are called upon, not to be successful but to be faithful.” (Mother Theresa) What is your calling to faithfulness?
Looking back on this post almost two years later, I see that as I was developing the section that I have entitled “Architecture” I was exploring the environment in which Christian art was displayed, which also included historical settings, literature and music. This section is the most broadly humanities-oriented.
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