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Re: Christian Art?

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Mon, 11 Mar 1996 22:34:32 -0600 (CST)

Hi! I'm new to this chatgroup and have been impressed with the quality of
the dialogue. I am especially interested in the current discussion on the
question of teaching "Christian" art in public settings, possibly because my
sister is the executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.
Kathryn (KatCascio), she would be the first to defend your right to teach
Greek myths in class. There is such misunderstanding about the current law,
the ICLU has published a book for educators. As has been noted by other
contributors, there is a vast difference between teaching about religion and
preaching one religion. I have taught art history at a Jewish Day School
and even in that setting I was able to teach about the influence of
Christianity and Islam on Medieval art, Greek mythological symbols, etc. If
done in a culteral context, there should be no problem. I can't imagine
trying to teach art history without reference to such topics.
Eileen Prince
Art Specialist, Sycamore School, Indianapolis, Indiana