You made some very good points.The problem with this conclusion is that one need only to turn to another subject…a subject that art most often reflects rather than influences…and examine the ‘historical world’ to see that there may be some trouble/hypocrisy to her claim.
With regards to Christianity alone…one need only consider such atrocities or ‘sins against humanity’ as the slaughter of the Celts, Pagans, unimaginable numbers of tribal peoples…the Crusades (I believe there were maybe 9 Crusades total) …the Protestant Reformation…the Spanish Inquisition…the Salem Witch trials…the execution of such individuals as Joan of Arc, Bruno, etc. …the persecution of Galileo, Keppler, Copernicus…the Holocaust…the persecution of homosexuals…Rwanda… and I don’t even know how many ‘Holy Wars’…in order to see that it is inaccurate to suggest that the adherents to the major religions are the only ones seeking to spread ‘goodness & light’…while the atheists are busy working against this by insisting on spreading ‘loneliness & despair’.
Moreover, when one considers these ‘sins against humanity’…it is not as surprising that some forum members may have taken offense to what Intricate Mystic suggested. It may also be why the art sometimes looks so bad. It may also be why some people, in their sorrow, turn their backs on Christianity and the other major religions. And why some people may ultimately decide…’There can’t possibly be a God. There is no God at all’.
It is important to always remain mindful of the fact that there are terrible, terrible people in all walks of life.
Yes, it is. However, people have openly discussed the fact that the current art world has been taken over by atheists. I'm not the only one who has reached this conclusion. One recent trend in it has been for people to portray humans with the heads of animals. It diminishes our humanity as people having been created in the image of God to give us the heads of animals. It's offensive. Anyone who is a practicing Jew, Christian or Muslim would probably find this offensive, as well.I get the second one as an example of religious art, it seems pretty standard although not really my thing. I'm not sure where the first one came from - it seems entirely random. It's also a very different genre (about as different as possible) as well as from a different era (contemporary vs...renaissance?), so you can't really compare them unless you say "realism = theist artists; shock art= atheist artists" which is clearly ridiculous.
I can show you another artwork that fits the category of "not religious, but not anti-religious either; faith of artist unknown":
(I tried to search for specifically atheist art but that information is hard to find online, for obvious reasons)
Don't you think it's a little biased to choose a can of poop as a representative sample of a group so diverse?
Well, anything we call "art" tends to elevate it because of the great artistic legacy humanity possesses. Humans have produced some pretty magnificent works of art- both paintings and sculpture that makes us "oohh" and "aahhh" because of the supreme talent and creativity that were involved in creating them. Producing poop, in contrast, is something any human being can do without much effort (unless they are constipated ). Making poop requires zero talent or creativity. Therefore, elevating such a thing to the level of "art" seems to be crapping all over the amazing work of artists from the past, and it craps all over humanity as a whole to say, "Hey, I'm an artist with a lot of talent, but I choose to not use my talents but, instead to put my poop in a can as my artistic gift to you". It's the sort of thing that the current atheist-dominated art world tends to value. They also like to create a "shift in perspective" that occurs when you are viewing weird stuff and get into the mind of the artist. It's supposed to be akin to a religious experience.So how does a can of poop reflect atheist philosphy (assuming the artist is atheist)?
Perhaps he values nature? It's a beautiful drawing.This sketch was drawn by someone who I know to be atheist:
What do you think his/his life philosophy is?