16th November 2007

“Lumping art in with religion as if they together represent some kind of opposition to science, is an insult to art and artists. I spent many years in the company of Christians, and never met one who was an artist of any kind. I have since spent many years in the company of artists, and have never met one who had any kind of religious faith.”

Anon.

4 Responses to “16th November 2007”

  1. Vinny Says:

    I’m a hard-line athiest but this is narrow minded nonsense and is based on the worst kind of logical fallicies and prejudices. This neither interests, inspires or amuses me. If you’re going to post anonymous stuff at least make it intelligent.

  2. Admin Says:

    Vinny,

    My intention in Atheist QOTD is to present a complete range of views – including some I don’t agree with and some that may not be constructive or helpful.

    I think the author does have a point here and I hope is relating their experience honestly. What is your specific problem with this statement?

  3. Vinny Says:

    I guess everyone gets to their belief systems along different paths. I ended up as an athiest in no small part because I found religion to be a tangled mess of baseless assertions and half truths. It basically offended my sense right and wrong and fact vs. fiction.

    To make the assertion that christians are somehow inherently unable to be artists and that disbelief is a necessary to artistic ability offends me in much the same way.

  4. Admin Says:

    Vinny,

    I don’t think the quote says that christians are inherently unable to be artists – the author just says that he hasn’t personally met any and he knows many who aren’t religious. This is similar to my experience – but then I live in Europe.

    The comment was made in response to a ridiculous article that claimed that art and religion are inextricably linked because both require “spirituality”. This is the reason, the article claimed, that historically most art has been religious in nature. Personally, I think this is more a reflection on the patrons of the art rather than the views of artists. Just like cathedrals, it tells you where the money was.