Monday, March 29, 2010
The Power of Art
I have been meaning to post this link to an article I read in the Daily Mail about Peter Hitchens, the brother of the famous atheist writer Christopher Hitchens. It is fascinating on so many levels. But the reason I am posting it here is because in it he talks about how when himself was an atheist it was viewing a painting of the last judgement by 15th century artist Roger van der Weyden which lead him on the road back to God. What is even more interesting is that in viewing this 500 year old work he said that he came to understand religion as being something very much of the "present day" - not simply something from a distant and archaic past. This shows that traditional Christian imagery - even if hundreds of years old - can still speak to peoples' souls, and be used of God to bring about conversion in peoples' lives.