Addicted to Mediocrity

Addicted to Mediocrity Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the artistic prominence they enjoyed for centuries and settled instead for mediocrity NOTE All Blackstone titles have library packaging

  • Title: Addicted to Mediocrity
  • Author: Frank Schaeffer
  • ISBN: 9780786103898
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Audio
  • Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the artistic prominence they enjoyed for centuries and settled instead for mediocrity NOTE All Blackstone titles have library packaging.

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    About Author

    1. Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of than a dozen books Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home schooled and self taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as pretty terrible He is also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his oil paintings Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, DePaul University and the Kansas City Public Library.

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    1. Today, Christian endeavor in the arts is typified by the contents of your local Christian bookstore accessories paraphernalia shop For the coffee table we have a set of praying hands made out of some sort of pressed muck Christian posters are ready to adorn your walls with suitable Christian graffiti to sanctify them and make them a justifiable expense Perhaps a little plastic cube with a mustard seed entombed within to boost your understanding of faith And as if this were not enough, a toothbru [...]


    2. I really struggled about what to rate this book On the one hand, I agree with a portion of the author s premise Christain art is terrible, full stop OTOH, the author is an arrogant sonuvabitch I literally gasped and laughed out loud in a crowded theatre at intermission, causing everyone around me to think I was a loony But then, they already thought that because I was singing along when invited to do so, but I digresI m going to send this book to my mother That should give us something to talk a [...]


    3. An important message packed into a beautifully short package, however, this only gets 3 stars for a few reasons 1 important message, but DUH maybe it s not so obvious to some people, but for me the whole thing was a no duh experience.2 i didn t feel like there were many solutions offered, and those that were put forth were pretty vague.


    4. While I agree with the premise of this book, I personally found it to be an overlong read, despite its already short 127 pages length Once you reach agreement with the book s basic propositions, the rest seems somewhat repetitive.


    5. Everyone involved in the Christian music industry or anyone who happens to be a Christian and who is an artist of any nature, and has been frustrated by the utter mediocrity that Church puts forward as art or creativity, should read this book.


    6. a stinging indictment on the state of Christianity and the Arts The artistic vision of Schaeffer is lacking however Great critique, though






    7. Addicted to Mediocrity s main premises revolve around the banality of modern Christian arts which seem to follow man made values and evidently neglect the inherent purposes of art appreciation and creativity God has blessed us with The author starts off with pointing our the importance of arts in relation to the nature of God s creation being created in an image of God, we human are naturally granted with great qualities as he says made in the image of God, it is the area of creativity, the capa [...]


    8. Frank, or Franky Schaeffer is quite the interesting fellow His very first book, Addicted to Mediocrity Contemporary Christians and the Arts, explores and attacks the currently low view with which most, who hold to Christianity, still look upon the Arts Written back in 1980, Schaeffer s criticisms of modern Christianity s interaction with the Arts are still legitimate today Even some of the cartoons Kurt Mitchell illustrated for the book have proved weirdly prophetic like one of a Holy Land amuse [...]


    9. First, I LOVE Francis Schaeffer s books and worldview I have yet to read anything I don t like by him This has been on my to read list since college and I m glad I finally read it.I think it will be a book I read and re read There is much wisdom in this tiny little book Some of my favorite quotes were 1 Art needs no justification.2 Christians should add to integrity and quality in all areas of art.3 Christ redeems our work art.4 paraphrased There is no need for slogans, propoganda, or Christiane [...]


    10. Franky Schaeffer lambastes the 20th century church s lack of regard for the arts and addiction to mediocrity He is fed up with the cheap baubles with verses slapped on them, the trite bumper stickers with vaguely Christian sayings, the posters that amount to little than Christian graffiti, the shallow redundant sloganeering books preaching, etc that fill Christian bookstores, churches, and homes.The basic argument of the books is Creativity is an aspect of the image of God in man which should b [...]


    11. A short and easy ready little over 100 pages by the son of Francis Schaffer, written in the early 1980 s The core of the book is 1 A challenge to Christians to stop settling for mediocre art simply because it has a Jesus sticker or Christian slogan on it, 2 a challenge to churches to start supporting Christian artists better with whatever they want to make, whether it be suitably Christian or not, and 3 a challenge to Christians who are artists to make good art and not compromise their artistic [...]


    12. I was going to give this book of an extended pamphlet three stars, but the pretentious and mean spirited tone of the author made me lose an interest in reading his QA section, which makes up the second half of this edition While Schaeffer does point out some truth about the decline of art in the last century and while he makes some compelling arguments for why this is the case, he makes little progress in recognizing the existence of good Christian art and fails to offer many suggestions for im [...]


    13. I agree with some of what he is saying and I do appreciate the occasional slip into biting comments, but despite these things that made me literally giggle in agreement, I found the book rather unsatisfying Do I agree with some points he made Yes, but he doesn t back them up really It feels like a opinionated pamphlet than an actual debate There were a few times where I felt some liberties were taken that I did not agree with I also feel that it could have been improved greatly by the use of a [...]


    14. I like that Franky doesn t just bash Christians lack of quality in the arts although he does do that too , but really draws a line in the sand about Quality in general Up for a Chataqua, anyone A few gems stuck with me, like his take on believers being called TO something What is it Is it sheep to call other sheep, or is it enjoyment in the life and creativity we are given He sometimes goes a bit pendulum swingy yes, it s an adjective extreme with how much he downplays the importance of preachin [...]


    15. On one hand, this book does a lot to open the discussion about why Christian media stinks and mostly puts the blame on Christian consumers and audiences for not thinking any deeper than the Christian label On the other hand, it was pretty obviously written in the heyday of the Moral Majority, and makes snide, strident comments about things like abortion rights, to the point where I had to put it down and go for a walk a couple times.


    16. I almost gave this one 3 stars, but I think there was enough truth in it to warrant 4 Not exactly the most beautifully written book and the author sometimes sounds as if he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder It was encouraging, though, and definitely worth a read for a Christian who is involved in art.


    17. While the author makes good points about the mediocrity of religious media and the inherent spirituality of the arts, I am put off by the constant idealizing of past times and demonizing of the current day.


    18. Reccomend to anyone Christian or skeptic, artist or athlete this book is wonderful Gave me confidence again to pursue what the Creater designed me to createill working on the whole confidence thing though


    19. Mediocre book As I was reading this volume back in 1982 , I agreed with almost everything Frank had to say, but I was often bothered with the way he said it Christians should set much higher standards in the Arts, etc.


    20. Really liked this one A great critique on the sad state of Evangelical Christianity and the Arts in our day Fortunately there are strong movements out there to counteract this trend, but it can still be seen today Just visit your local Christian bookstore sometime.



    21. If I remember, this book was written decades ago Agreed with some of the points made in it Sadly, some of his cultural commentary still aplies, decades later.


    22. The basic premise that Christians are addicted to mediocre art and faith is good The rest is pretentious and overly political.




    23. Slightly repetitive but an important message Is there an updated edition This needs rewriting with modern examples.


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