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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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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY: Batman, Year One on DVD

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This time, Dr. Starr takes a look at the latest Direct to DVD release from DC. Hidden cleverly in this article is some commentary on criticism and why it's important. It's a different view than we've been exploring in recent discussions and deserves some thought....

Pace, Adaptation and Comic Book Aesthetics

One of my happiest shopping moments at Christmas occurred while walking through Walmart last November and seeing that Batman: Year One (BYO) had been produced as an animated film and released on DVD. I put it on my Christmas list pretty darn ASAP. When I got it for Christmas (thanks, son), I watched it as soon as I could (which was on Christmas day). My reaction was not at all what I expected.

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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY:And The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth

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Does the current rise in shows about Geeks and Geek Culture (like Big Bang Theory, Chuck, etc.) signal something more theological than we thought?

Well, maybe and maybe not... but Dr. Starr is going to dive in anyway!

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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY: Temptation in C. S. Lewis's Perelandra

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Our Science Fiction University session for today is on the second book of C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy, Perelandra. Join Dr. Charlie Starr as he gives insight into this fantastic novel

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