The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Tuesday, June 05, 2007
A Distinctive Spirit Yields...???
Many who doubt the existence of distinctively Christian art (or science, economics, business, etc.) often quote Christian poet W.H. Auden, who claimed:

There can no more be a "Christian" art than there can be a Christian science or a Christian diet. There can only be a Christian spirit in which an artist, a scientist, works or does not work.

I find it interesting that Auden concedes that there is a definite Christian "spirit" in which Christian artists work that is different from the way that non-Christian artists ply their craft. But doesn't this "spirit" have an impact on the resultant artworks? Does it have no impact at all?

Auden's position on this is most curious.

(this post is inspired by this excellent article on Auden by Alan Jacobs)