Archive for ‘Philosophy’

October 2, 2012

The Intolerant Nature of Worlviews

By Ben Murch

Ah, the wonderful land of worldviews. Such pervasiveness. Such diversity! There are a myriad of worldviews out there. There is also a predominant idea that says whatever your worldview is, it must be tolerant of all other worldviews. Let’s keep it simple and take only two as examples because they are the predominate views in our culture today: Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans.

I was listening to certain conservative radio talk-show host who is know to debate “with half his brain tied behind his back, just to make it fair” and he was ranting and raving (sometimes with some good points to make) against the Democrats. He brought up the point: “We are for freedom, while they are not. We believe in the freedom for individuals to be anything they want, even be a liberal” I‘ll give him credit, there was some hesitancy, but perhaps he should use his whole brain from now on because that is absolutely untenable.

Interestingly, the liberals say similar things: they’re for freedom, they are the tolerant ones, the world would be a much better place if they were in power. There is this great struggle between these two worldviews, not only about socio-political matters, but about who is the most tolerant. It seems the idea is if one can prove their view is the all inclusive, all accepting, all loving, and absolutely tolerant view, as opposed to the other, then their view is of necessity, right, and the other wrong.

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October 2, 2012

The Freedom of a Christian Artist

By Jane Raymond

Artwork by Tracy Jane Thomas

When an artist considers making a Biblically- based art project, he may think it would confine him and limit his own creative potential. While the term “ Biblical art” may often conjure up images of the holy patriarchs, religious historical events, or Christian iconic representations like the crucifix or the Virgin Mary, the truth is, Biblical art (and more particularly, Christian art) is extremely diverse and liberating.

The visual arts is an area that is inescapable. Everybody, in one way or another, is affected by the visual arts. Creativity, using elements like color, design, and form, is everywhere: on the clothing you wear; the wallpaper or fabrics in your home; the signs, billboards, newspapers, books & magazines that you read; and, yes, even the pictures you hang on your walls. Whether people purchase an art piece from a museum or a clothing store, they are buying someone’’s design and creativity.

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