The Enduring Value of Great Art

Tonight we have our second Pub Theology gathering at The Local in Saratoga Springs. If you are in the Capital District, we’d love for you to join us from 7:30-9:00pm. Our discussion topic this evening will be, “Why should and how can Christians take art seriously?”

As I was doing a little prep for our conversation tonight, I came across an article by R.C. Sproul. The paragraphs below stuck out to me. He had been writing about about the manifold depth in Rembrandt’s painting of Jeremiah, before getting to the value of truly great music. His point is that great art (not just music) has staying-power, and flat, static art quickly fades out of memory:

The substance, depth, and thought behind the works of the masters gave their art an enduring value that far transcends the cheap, the boring, and the superficial.

The same can be said of the music of the great musicians. Does Mozart’s music ever go out of style? Does Chopin’s music ever get boring? Does Handel’s Messiah still move us when we hear the “Hallelujah Chorus”? Watch the national music charts each week as they record the most popular songs across the country. The songs rise and eventually fall in a matter of a few weeks. What was Number One this week may not be in the Top Forty six weeks later. Many of today’s songs are there for a moment and then they are gone. Great art, on the other hand, has the ability to persevere through time.

Read “The Christian and Art” (parts 1, 2, and 3) by Sproul.