Imagine these scenarios…
TEXT Activity 4a. Put yourself in the shoes of…
…a Christian artist or craftsperson whose work was destroyed during the Reformation and artworks in church buildings were made illegal.
Altarpiece, dated 15th century, defaced during Protestant Reformation riots.
Photo source here
How might you feel if you were that person? What would you do about challenging these viewpoints so that you could be yourself and play your part?
TEXT Activity 4b: Put yourself in the shoes of…
…. a Christian artist who felt called by God to use their skill to share the good news of the Gospel. But who wasn’t welcome in a particular church because they didn’t believe that making artworks was pleasing to God.
How might you feel if you were that person? What would you do about challenging these viewpoints so that you could be yourself and play your part, and encourage others to use their creative skills…
TEXT Activity 4c: Set up a debate to argue for and against
Debate different interpretations of Exodus 20 v 4 to help pupils engage with the differences of opinion that have impacted attitudes towards the use of the arts by Christians form different traditions.
TEXT Activity 4d: Put yourself in the shoes of a church community
This is a community where all the different artforms were actively welcomed and encouraged. What would the church gatherings be like?
How might this impact the church community and beyond? What difference could the arts make to this community and ways they could serve their wider community?
Jesus as a communicator (see Essential Information)