Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Why talk about houses anyways?
This is a bed and breakfast in Wilmington. Why bother talking about houses and looking at houses? I just think this is one of the creative gifts God gives mankind. We reflect him in our creativity, don't we. We love to create. Homes are just one aspect of this.
Sometimes it seems like a waste of time to look and think about houses and how they make us feel. I wonder if there is such a thing as a philosophy of house architecture.
I think it is nice to make a house a home. But why---because we want to show forth a loving embrace to those around us. What are other reasons?
I think Tim Keller touches on this a bit:
The Church needs artists because without art we cannot reach the world. The simple fact is that the imagination 'gets you,' even when your reason is completely against the idea of God. "Imagination communicates," as Arthur Danto says, "indefinable but inescapable truth." Those who read a book or listen to music expose themselves to that inescapable truth. There is a sort of schizophrenia that occurs if you are listening to Bach and you hear the glory of God and yet your mind says there is no God and there is no meaning. You are committed to believing nothing means anything and yet the music comes in and takes you over with your imagination. When you listen to great music, you can't believe life is meaningless. Your heart knows what your mind is denying. We need Christian artists because we are never going to reach the world without great Christian art to go with great Christian talk.
perhaps this can be applied to homes as well? What do you think?