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THE MERIT OF METAPHOR

essay | 2016 | 20 pages

This is a short essay that underscores everything I do creatively. In brief, this is an explanation of why I do what I do, but it is more than that. It's a brief look at the value of metaphor in the wide sense of the word, meaning something known that points to the unknown; and Art (general) is precisely this. As a Christian, what I do stems from knowledge and love of Christ. He is the foundation of reality whether we believe Him or not (John 1:3), and so deserves to be made known; not only because He has created, but also because He has provided salvation.

Here are three brief thoughts: the virtue of exaggeration in art; the nature of metaphor; and a call to recover divine art.

Before this blurb becomes the length of the essay, let me please ask that if you do digest only one thing I have made, let it be this. It is the reason for so many others.

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