Avid moviegoers or cinephiles might recall a bleak tagline from a recent sci-fi blockbuster: “There is nothing more human than the will to survive.”
While the tagline may have succeeded in selling tickets, did it also manage to capture the truth about human nature? Informed by scripture, leading Christian thinkers have a drastically different view of what makes humans human.
One fundamental aspect of being human is to create—to live out a sense of “making.” Yet this is all too easily lost in modern times when we’re better known as consumers than creators.
The truth is that recovering our sense of making begins with acknowledging the abundance of God our Creator.
So how can Christians cultivate creativity and recover this innate aspect of being human? And how can the hope of the gospel influence our sense of making?
THE THEOLOGY OF MAKING
Fujimura’s new book, Art + Faith, unpacks an exciting new theology of making, which is the exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of creating.
The concept begins with God as the ultimate artist. He alone can create something out of nothing and redeem what we see as irredeemable. In Ephesians 2:8–10, Paul makes this clear when he writes of God’s grace and continuous creation in us.
Want to keep reading more? This post was originally posted on the Subsplash blog. Continue reading the blog post Why do Christians create? A theology of making, and learn what the Bible can teach us about this today!