Friday, July 13, 2012

Seeing God in the Creativity of Everyone

It is not only Christians who can paint with beauty, nor for that matter only Christians who can love or who have creative stirrings.  Even though the image is now contorted, people are made in the image of God.  This is who people are, whether or not they know or acknowledge it.  God is the great Creator, and part of that unique mannishness of man, as made in the God's image, is creativity.  Thus, man as man paints, shows creativity in science and engineering and so on.  Such activity does not require a special impulse from God, and it does not mean that people are not alienated from God and do not need the work of Christ to return to God.  It does mean that man as man, in contrast to non-man, is creative.  A person's worldview almost alway shows through in his creative output, however, and thus the marks on the things he creates will be different.  
- Francis Schaeffer, How Shall We Then Live?, p. 97, 98

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