Analysis Of ' Walking On Water '

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"Walking On Water" is basically a book about the ways that Christianity manifests itself in art, and the nature of art in relation to the fundamental truth of Christianity. Art is meant to manifest truth according to this reasoning, so art naturally must have a basic relation to the most fundamental truth about the universe. As L 'Engle says, "If it 's bad art, it 's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject" (4). So even the non-Christian artist, in so far as they are a true artist, must capture some truth which is consonant with Christianity. As she says, "Kandinsky and van Gogh say more than they know in their paintings" (22). Indeed, art in a sense is an Icon of truth or even God. As such, the distinction between Christian and…show more content…
From this it is also interesting to note that she seems to have a similar view to Kant regarding the relation of art and genius, that is to say that both of them think that only great artistic geniuses can bring forth great art. L 'Engle makes a distinction between the time that we experience and God 's time. The she designates chronos and kairos respectively. This serves as a useful device for her to express how art creates an experience beyond the normal experience, and the religious significance of this. As such the contemplative, the child at play, and the artist all transcend chronos and reach kairos, where God is. As she says, "In kairos we become what we are called to be as human beings, cocreators with God, touching on the wonder of creation" (88). These sorts of truths must be apprehended in a way that cannot be reached through the dialectical or the rational. This is why we need art, to express such truths in a way that can reach us. Here we see what may be shades of Hegel, with his idea that art is a sensuous arrangement that reveals to the person a higher spiritual truth. Artists serve yet another function for L 'Engle, they help to steer away from rigid fundamentalism. This is why they are valuable for the Church, they keep us from our frozenness. She says concerning artists, "They help us to know that we are often closer to God in
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