Contributing “Art”

“This word–this idea of Art as creation is, I believe, the one important contribution that Christianity has made to aesthetics.  Unfortunately, we are apt to use the words “creation” and “creativeness” very vaguely and loosely, because we do not relate them properly to our theology.  But it is significant that the Greeks had not this word in their aesthetic at all.  They looked on a work of art as a kind of techné, a manufacture.  Neither, for that matter, was the word in their theology–they did not look on history as the continual act of God fulfilling itself in creation.”

– Dorothy Sayers, “Towards a Christian Aesthetic” (source: The Christian Imagination, ed. Leland Ryken)

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