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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY:The Purpose of Art: Part Ten: How to View Literature

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In this quarter- long view on the purpose of art, we’re now looking at the best ways to view particular art forms. Last issue, we looked at less popular arts like painting and theater. Now we turn to the more mainstream arts, starting with books.

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Science Fiction University:The Purpose of Art: Part Nine: How to View Art

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For eight weeks we’ve looked at the purpose of art including most recently a basic look at how to determine whether an artistic text is any good. For the last part of this series I want to spend some time talking about the “how to’s” of experiencing art. How do we read a book to get the most out of it? How do we watch a movie or listen to a song—what are the best ways to enjoy, examine, and learn from many different art forms?

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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art: Part Eight: Judging Art by Experience

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Last week I began discussing how we can tell good art from bad art? First we should judge art based on whether or not we view it in a way which glorifies God—are our hearts in the right place? Then we should judge art based on whether or not we like it—is it appealing to our imaginations’ sense of beauty? But our enjoyment of art can be both mis-trained and improved so that we might like things we shouldn’t but can also learn to like things we should. This month we continue to talk about how we know whether art is good or bad.

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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art: Part Seven: Good Art or Bad?

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After spending six weeks talking about the nature and purpose of the arts, we need to start asking some practical questions: How can we tell good art from bad art? How do we watch movies, listen to songs, and read books in order to get the most meaning and the most entertainment out of them? When should we ask, “Is it true?” This week we talk about what makes art good or bad.

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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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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art, Part One:"Why It Matters"

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Doctor Starr returns to the 'bot for a new Science Fiction University seminar: The Purpose of Art. For those who don't know him, Dr. Starr is a professor at KCU, and may be one of the United States foremost authorities on C.S. Lewis. He has a new book coming out Real Soon Now featuring C. S. Lewis' last remaining unpublished short story (well, sort of...). Charlie is writing in context of the Church and Art- but I believe it also applies to us.

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