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THE MERIT OF METAPHOR

essay | 2016 | 24 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.

Author's note: This is a re-set edition of the original 2016 essay; however I have corrected a handful of typos and rephrased several sentences which in re-reading I realized needed slight clarification. I have since followed this essay with A Proposal, which is more or less an expansion on the worldview proposed herein. I would recommend reading it after Metaphor.

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