Islamic Art

A few weeks ago I visited the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. The thought that kept coming to me as I walked through the exhibits–this shows that Islam is indeed a religion of peace, because these ordinary objects that were crafted with such beauty and care give witness to a culture that values…

Can a Christian Call Art “Degenerate”?

Not in Germany, it seems. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne made a theological observation about art, about how art is debased and “degenerates” when divorced from a Christian worldview, and all hell broke loose. He was preaching at a mass opening a new diocesan art museum. His exact words: Let us not forget that there…