Monday, May 30, 2011

Atheist Art?

MercatorNet's Steven Jacks exposes the oxymoron for what it is — The atheist and his art. An excerpt:
    The remains of a suicide bomber sculpted in dark chocolate, a dog sodomising a man, Bullet Hole (a photograph of a wound), C*nts and other Conversations (150 porcelain sculptures of women’s genitalia), Great Deeds against the Dead (sculpture of Goya’s print of three dead soldiers mutilated on a tree), and the whole of the Charles Saatchi exhibition Sensation highlighting the Young British Artists clique with images of child killers, mannequins with noses and mouths replaced by penises and anuses, religious desecration, sex, sex, sex, dead animals suspended in formaldehyde and so on.
The idea that Francisco Goya's The Disasters of War has been desecrated hits me as viscerally as does Piss Christ.

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OpenID danightman said...

Since Atheism is an attempt to enthrone the self as god instead of God, or to shake the fist at God because we can't fulfill the first lie (ye shall be as gods, knowing good from evil), MONA sounds like a temple of the self in total rejection of God.

That is to say, since such a selfolatry is no different from the sin of the evil one, this "temple of atheism" is an earthly Hell. It's full of noise, chaos, hatred and blasphemy, and without hope...and the doors are shut from the inside.

10:34 AM  
Blogger van said...

Joshua, your views of people who don't believe in god is as ignorant as it is hateful. Sadly I've come to expect such commentary from you.

An atheist's art is an oxymoron? Really? So only Christians are capable of understanding beauty?

My mother paints beautifully; she's an atheist. She sees beauty in nature and in human beings. Her pastoral scenes and portraits are exquisite. But she can't be an artist, because she doesn't believe in god?

Breathless stuff.

As for Danightman: atheists don't seek to supplant god; they simply don't belive god exists. They believe in humanity's innate good and innate morality. "Selfolatry" need have nothing to do with it. If you're going to try to demonize a group of people and their philosophy so you can pout and posture and claim moral superiority, get your facts straight.

David Walsh doesn't represent atheists, just as Catholic child rapists don't represent the Catholic Church.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Art by atheists? Of course. Atheist art, which the museum claims to house. Impossible.

9:54 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

If you had read this subsequent post, The Art of Fuco Ueda, or any number of other posts, you might not have read into this post the nonsensical idea that "only Christians are capable of understanding beauty."

12:36 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Cultural atheism inevitably does lead to the ugly, because it inevitably leads away from virtue.

But while the end result can be known with certitude, the process leading to the inevitable is not always apparent to the observer. It's not like switching off a light where a culture recedes from the light in one fell swoop.

As Thomas Fleming wrote back in May : “Just because a President of the United States publicly says something does not automatically make it a lie. Life would be too easy if they lied about everything all the time.”

Similarly, life would be too easy if evil was clearly seen for what it is.

8:53 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I liked that Fleming quote as well.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Joshua, Terry has a just put up a post on the "art" of Jack Kevorkian.

It reminded me of this post, for obvious reasons, but particularly the line, "Interestingly, Kevorkian never considered himself an artist."

4:58 AM  

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