On the Artist as Prophet
We've been discussing the "prophetic" more openly at Hope Chapel lately, particularly since our conference on the subject a year ago (August 2011). This week, our friend and former Arts Pastor, David Taylor, posted a rather thorough contemplation on the subject of Artist as Prophet on his blog. Here's a quote:
"The necessary and perhaps obvious thing to point out...is that the notion of artist as prophet is a recent historical category, surfacing in the 18th century and bound up in a complex of cultural and philosophical dynamics. In early nineteenth-century Germany, for example, it was believed that "artists of all kinds were blessed with a prophetic insight that was denied not merely to ordinary people, but even to men of learning." In 1834, the Frenchman Honoré de Balzac insisted on the preeminence of the artist over the king, to the extent that kings ruled only briefly while artists ruled over centuries. He states:"The artist is often a prophet whose vision is not so much the product of its own time as the augur of time to come."
Appetite whetted? Read the rest here.
8/30/2012 05:22:58 am
It immediately strikes me that there are several contextualizing perspectives participating in this discussion: the term "artist" as it was understood by 18th and 19th century thinkers, the term "prophet" as it is understood by late late 20th century evangelicals, and then both terms as understood within 21st century Post and Post-Post Moderns within the Emerging/Emergent Church movements.
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