Analysis Of ' Walking On Water '

1118 Words Sep 26th, 2016 5 Pages
When I mentions my desire to write to an acquaintance of mine, she immediately assumed I would write “Christian novels.” I do wish to write Christian content, but her idea of Christian books and mine differ vastly. Author of the acclaimed novel A Wrinkle In Time, Madeline L’Engle eloquently reflects on the relationship between Christianity and art in her book, Walking on Water. Within this work, she asks what makes art Christian, an artist Christian, and the relationship between faith and art. After reading her book, I have arrived at certain conclusions regarding “Christian art” and Christian art. I enjoyed that L’Engle devoted an entire chapter to names and labels, in which she states her aversion to having the designation of “a Christian children’s author,” stating her identity as an author and a Christian separately. Pigeonholing her work because of readership or her own beliefs troubles her, and she states that if an artist truly follows Christ, their work will be Christian, whether Jesus appears in the work or not. Much of what appears under the label of “Christian” when it comes to books, music, or art fits into a specific category that rather lacks quality. Though many would assert that saving souls should remain the primary goal of any and all Christian interaction with the world, I simply wish to write the truth as I see it. Christian truths can come out of my works, but only because they occur naturally and not because they were force-injected. In…
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