Art & the Bible

Below you will find the full outline of the Art & the Bible course. You can start the course exactly as you would in the actual course—read the descriptions, watch the videos, and interact with the discussion questions. For the first two sessions, the only difference is that in the actual course you would be able to interact with other people from around the world or from your local church.

After the first two sessions, you will be able to see the outline for the remaining sessions, but you’ll need to sign up for the actual course to continue.

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Course Description

This course lays the foundation for a Christian understanding of the arts. The course will answer questions like: What does the Bible say about art? What does it mean for a Christian to interact with art? What is Christian art? Ultimately, art is a gift from God that we must pursue with joy and discernment.

About the Instructor

This course is taught by Mark Beuving. Mark has worked in youth, college, and worship ministry since 1999, and now serves at Eternity Bible College as the Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is passionate about building up the body of Christ, training future leaders for the Church, and writing. Though he is interested in many areas of theology and philosophy, Mark is most fascinated with practical theology and exploring the many ways in which the Bible can speak to and transform our world. He is also the author of Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music and the co-author with Francis Chan of Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples. Mark lives in Simi Valley with his wife and two daughters.

Mark Beuving

Course Sessions

Session 1: Reclaiming Art as a Gift from God

Q

  1. When you think about “art and the Bible,” does that combination sound odd or natural to you? Why do you say that?
  2. Why are some (or many) in the Protestant, Evangelical world suspicious of art? Do you see any validity in these suspicions?
  3. Do you agree with the statement that “art is everywhere”? What types of art do you interact with regularly?
  4. How does art relate to Jesus Christ’s lordship?
  5. In what sense is art a gift from God?

Session 2: Art Is Deeply Humanizing

Q

  1. How can art connect us more deeply with humanity?
  2. What can the arts tell us that history books and newspapers cannot?
  3. Do you think it’s significant that all (or virtually all) funerals include some form or art? How so?
  4. What does it mean that art “enlarges our being” (as C. S. Lewis said)? Have you experienced this? How so?
  5. How does the humanizing element of art tie in with our mission as Christians?

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Additional Course Sessions (available in the full course)

Session 3: What Is Art?

Session 4: Art & Creation

Session 5: Art in the Bible

Session 6: Romans 1 & a Theology of Art & Culture

Session 7: Truth & Suppression

Session 8: What Makes Art Christian? Part 1

Session 9: What Makes Art Christian? Part 2

Session 10: How Art Embodies Worldview

Session 11: Is Culture a Cesspool or a Playground?

Session 12: Developing a Christian Posture Toward Art

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