“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” (Little Gidding)” ― T.S. Eliot [courtesy of GoodReads)
This web site is about human creative ability and Christian Faith. My name is David Chapman. I have been involved in Art and Craft as a teacher and in producing my own work since the 1960’s. For me, artistic expression – whether in painting, sculpture, music, poetry, film or any other creative activity – provides a link with our Creator. That link can become worship.
Artistic expression has value on many levels and separates us from the rest of creation. It is notable how many creative people have had spiritual, if not Christian, experiences. Handel is quoted as saying, after writing the Hallelujah chorus –
“I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.”
I could name many men and women who, in wondering where their abilities came from, have sought spiritual explanation. Christians accept the inspiration of Scripture and recognise its beautiful prose and poetry. Perhaps, too, we recognise the inspiration given to preachers and teachers? Throughout the world and throughout history people have been inspired and have produced works of art. This ought to turn us to God our Creator in awe and worship.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Rom 1:19,20 [N.I.V.]
This blog is an attempt to link creative works with acts of God-worship and faith.