This post was submitted by Southern Seminary student Rich Clark who writes at Christ and Pop Culture. This is just a summary, he has posted his complete live blog of this event as When We Just Don’t “Get it”
On Friday, March 28 Dr. Halla gave a lecture in which he shared his own reflections about the Nature and Value of Abstract Art. He did clarify up front that these were simply reflections based on recent experiences and studies concerning the issue that have made him consider abstract art as something that should be beneficial for the Christian. He acknowledges that many Christians have issues with abstract art (especially Protestants) and examines the various reasons for this. He also defines exactly what abstract art is, and makes a case for the possible use of abstract art in our personal prayer life.
Dr. Halla’s lecture does an excellent job of confronting some of the biases toward abstract art as well as acknowledging some of the perceived weaknesses. Ultimately, it causes us to come to terms with abstract art in a serious, thoughtful manner rather than writing it off simply as something a 4-year old could do. You can read a more in depth live-blog and some additional thoughts over at Christ and Pop Culture.