Flannery O’Connor on art (fiction, music, etc.) and Christian values

St. Thomas Aquinas says that … a work of art is good in itself, and this is a truth that the modern world has largely forgotten. We are not content to stay within our limitations and make something that is simply a good in and by itself. Now we want to make something that will have utilitarian value. Yet what is good in itself glorifies God because [since God is good — Ben] it reflects God. The artist has his hands full and does his duty if he attends to his art.

I wonder how many Contemporary Christian Music performers would be willing to embrace that challenge and write songs that are good songs, albums that are good albums, regardless of whether they’re about God.

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