1.2A Pleasure and Displeasure, and Art

1.2A Pleasure and Displeasure, and Art

By Jonathan Martinovici

Copyright © Jonathan Martinovici 2018

Purpose of today’s session: To apply some of what was said in the previous session to the arts with greater clarity.

  • Art can legitimately express our pleasure at what pleases God.
  • Art can legitimately express our displeasure at what displeases God.

Thus:

  • That a particular work of art expresses pleasure is not, on its own, a sufficient ground for condemning it; and
  • That a particular work of art expresses displeasure is not, on its own, a sufficient ground for condemning it.

Caution: No one should understand me, however, as saying here that all expressions of pleasure at what pleases God and of displeasure at what displeases God are appropriate to all situations. I am merely saying that many of these expressions are good when rightly situated.

It will, however, become evident in future sessions that certain kinds of art are by no means suitable for public use, even if the things depicted are pleasing to God. There is no need for an explanation of this at present.

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