Theatre as Divine Spark

Here’s more from Max McLean.

In the most recent issue of “Fellowship Circle” from the Fellowship of Performing Arts, Max discusses “how theatre creates empathy, breaks down stereotypes and engages diverse audiences.”

The stage holds tremendous power. “If a story is told well enough,” he writes, “the audience will follow it anywhere, even to places it never intended to go.” Christian artists, therefore, can leverage their talents to introduce people to Jesus. McLean continues:

In the world of theatre and culture, Christianity should be presented as reasonable, profound and fascinating. It ought to suggest meaning beyond our grasp. In developing a theatrical adaptation, our desire is to present the Christian case under the most favorable conditions so that the wonder of its message is expressed with clarity, beauty, humility and conviction.

This reasoning helps to explain why non-Christians who attend Max’s production of C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters are often challenged by its message. Because of their “ingrained prejudice against Christianity,” they “need a different vision of what Christianity is and can be.” Productions like Screwtape thus become a platform for introducing them to the Christian message. Or to put it another way, a divine spark.

McLean has served us well with this article. If you are an actor or artist, you’ll find it particularly inspiring. Believers of all vocations, however, will benefit from considering his thoughts on Christianity and the arts.

Read the whole thing here.


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One Response to Theatre as Divine Spark

  1. Great article by McLean! Thanks for sharing.

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