Just over six months ago we began a new emphasis in the Sunday posts on the creative arts (musical, visual, poetic) as means both of worship and of understanding how modern science can and should inform the life we live as the Church. Behind that new emphasis was a belief that both the arts and sciences are facets of the same distinctively human posture of “faith seeking understanding,” and a desire to work against the cultural trend of seeing each field of endeavor—science, the arts, theology, or even Christian ministry—as distinct, autonomous activities divorced from the others.
In the first segment of this video, I discussed how metaphors are inherent to scientific thinking and discourse. In this video blog, I suggest that coming to terms with such marvelously complicated things as the universe and our own cultures sometimes requires methods of inquiry that are less precise, rather than more precise, and I note that art has a way of helping us see the complexity of the world while simultaneously appreciating its beauty. Additionally, as they provide invitations to engage with the world and with each other rather than propositions to be proved or disproved, the creative arts call us towards community even in the midst of our most contentious debates.
By engaging scientists, but also biblical scholars, theologians, pastors, artists and laypeople, the BioLogos Foundation expresses our belief that all aspects of creation including human culture are under the Lordship of Christ, and that those who call upon Jesus as savior have the additional joy and burden of submitting to each other in love as part of our life of worship. We hope and pray that these creative works will aid in that process of seeking unity, and continue to help us engage deeply with what it means to be human—to be made in the image of God.
Mark Sprinkle is an artist and cultural historian, and was formerly Senior Web Editor and Senior Fellow of Arts and Humanities for The BioLogos Foundation. A phi beta kappa graduate of Georgetown University, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, where he studied how artworks embody complex relationships in different cultural contexts. Since 1996 he has been an independent artist and frame-maker, also regularly writing and speaking on the role of creative practices in cultural mediation and renewal, especially in the area of science and Christian faith. Mark and his wife Beth home-schooled their three boys, and are active in the local home-school community in Richmond, Virginia.