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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY:The Purpose of Art: Part Five: Meaning and Truth

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Art is meant to entertain us, to give us pleasure, and to offer fun. It’s also meant to show us beauty—that’s part of the pleasure it gives—and sometimes that beauty points us to the glory of God. Art reaches us through imagination, showing us things rather than telling us things—putting us through experiences which allow us to learn more deeply than we can from abstract explanations or simple statements. That any of this is possible is because there are different kinds of meanings.

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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY:The Purpose of Art: Part Four: Beauty and Glory

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Last week I talked about the difference between two kinds of human thinking: reason and imagination. Once you understand this difference, you’re better able to understand the purpose of art and the nature of beauty. I left off suggesting that what truth is for reason, beauty is for imagination. Let’s talk more about beauty.

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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art: Part Three: Reason and Imagination

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I’m writing a series on art because I think Christians in America no longer know what art is for, and we need to learn its purposes again. Last week I suggested that art is first of all meant to entertain and delight us by being beautiful. Other purposes, like showing truth, will only make sense once we understand this. I concluded saying beauty, at least in part, is recognized by our five senses and makes us respond emotionally when we experience it.

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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art: Part Two: Beauty and Truth

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Last week I began a series on the purpose of Art which started with a look at why art matters and therefore why we need to know about it. One of my primary claims is that Christians in America no longer know what art is for, and we need to learn its purposes again.

Purpose Number One

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