Ken Myers on the NEA
Ken Myers helps a student get a very good grade on her paper by providing this provocative answer to her question about how Christians should think about the arts and government support, thereof.
"One thing that the Church should do...is promote really good art criticism, to train people to make public arguments about art that rejects the relativism and skepticism of our time. Unfortunately, like their modern neighbors, most Christians don't believe that art has anything to do with objective value. Most Christians have accepted the modern idea that art is purely subjective, just an expression of individual (and thus arbitrary) likes or dislikes. And so even while they oppose the NEA on allegedly Christian grounds, they advance a view of the arts that has more in common with their enemies than they realize."