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September 18, 2007

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Esther,
Wonderful essay. I would note that the desire for dualism is pernicious, often a deeply rooted and unexamined human idol. Even among some artists who are also Christians, love the physicality of their art, and argue for the goodness of God's creation I have found a tendency to make critical judgments concerning art based upon the "spiritual" character of the work. That is, the stuff is only good in so far as it leads the individual to the "better" spiritual stuff.

Again thanks.

God seems to like working with humanity to produce wonderful things out of the raw material He's given us. Beer, wine, chocolate, cheesecake, a big fat Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings please the palate. The Sydney Opera House, Chartres Cathedral, the Petronas Towers boggle the mind and tickle our eyes. Look at what Renoir, Rembrandt, or Normal Rockwell (depending on your tastes) did with the colors that God designed our eyes to see.

I agree -- it's all in the spirit of the thing. If you're coveting stuff, or idolizing stuff, or uniformly rejecting stuff, you're not in synch with what God made stuff for.

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