Creation and The Beginning of Art (The Story: Ch. 1: Post 1)

“In the beginning God created…” In the Genesis creation narrative, we can make significant observations about creativity and, in turn, art.  The heavens and the earth were the blank canvas on which God created – the earth was “formless and empty” and dark.  Everything began with God and was his idea.  The Spirit of God was present from the beginning of the creation process. In the words, “God saw that […] was good” we see that he paused, ‘stepped back’, evaluated his creation, and was able to give a positive self-review. The 7th time this phrase appears in this passage the significant adverb ‘very’ is added – “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good”. As artists generally do nowadays, God also names his parts of creationworks – “God called the light ‘day’”, before he gives names to other parts of his creation in following verses.  Regarding sources of inspiration in art, God made humanity in his image. The variety of God’s creation is indicated in the words, “The heavens and earth were completed in all their vast array”.  After God formed (Days 1-3) and filled (Days 4-6) (Barr, 2011), God set an example for artists when he rested on the 7th day. He blessed the 7th day and made it holy “because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done”.  Creation was also aesthetically strong – “Trees that were pleasing to the eye” and, later, mention that Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was “pleasing to the eye”.  Finally, as Adam Barr writes, “God [is] the supreme storyteller.  Unlike a human author who relies on words and print to convey a story, God is enacting a grand narrative in flesh and blood, neutrons and nebulae.” God’s creation as described in Genesis is the beginning of humanity’s witness to his creativity – creativity that he has imparted to people in varying degrees.

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