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"There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?"

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25.

"Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything" (II Timothy 2:7).

The Affections of the Heart in Art is one effort at trying to take this verse seriously. It is for my own soul's benefit that I push on the themes of pleasure, motivation, origin, purpose, etc... as they are played out in what we call art. I encourage you to push on this topic yourself, but push on the Bible. Think over what God says in His Word and He will give you understanding, and He will help you apply His truth to the life He has given you in the arts. And be patient, be persevering. To grow in understanding is a life-long process.

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AN ARTIST'S CREED RESOLUTION III

TO BOAST ONLY IN CHRIST IN MY ARTISTIC LABOR SINCE ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM, AND IN CHRIST ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER.

(COLOSSIANS 1:15-17, I CORINTHIANS 4:7)

THE AFFECTIONS OF THE HEART IN ART - a wrestling for the full pleasures in art

Are our pleasures in art our pleasure in God? Where they are not I believe we forfeit the full pleasures that God ordains for our enjoyment in art, namely our enjoyment of God Himself. This is a wrestling to pursue and enjoy the fullest pleasures in artistic expression.

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From the preface:

"What does an artist delight in as he labors in his art? What should an artist delight in? Do I run after the praises of man or the praises of God in my artistic endeavors? Do I hope in man or in God for my satisfaction to be realized in the arts? Are my artistic endeavors about giving or about receiving? What motivates a work? What motivates me? Is my heart enslaved by the fear of man or free in the fear of God? Do I seek God or the market for inspiration? Am I or art or God the end in a work of art? These questions, and many others, are not unique to artists. If you can breathe and reason, then put your life’s labor in the question and meditate on the Bible for a while, the whole Bible. But artists in particular, with all their creating and expressing, need to take a serious look at their own hearts, and I’m the first in need of a disciplined, exhorting analyzation..."

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Table of Contents
I. Preface

II. Prerequisite

III. Introduction

IV. What I Call the TWO-SPHERES CHASSIS

V. The Creation of the World as a Model for Artists

VI. Art for the Sake of Art?

VII. What Defiles a Man?

VIII. Images

IX. Pride

X. Skillfulness

XI. Boldness

XII. Beauty

XIII. Satisfaction

XIV. Spiritual Gifts

XV. The Church Service

XVI. A Final Charge

XVII. An Artist's Creed

XVIII. Confession

XIX. Cover Art

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