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When desecration of the Bible is modern art!

17 August 2009 No Comment
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The latest artistic obscenity is to desecrate the Bible. This is the extent of the creativity of two resident artists at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow! An open Bible is a central part of their exhibition titled ‘Made in God’s Image’ and visitors are encouraged to deface the Scriptures. A note beside it says: “If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.” Pens are provided.

While Christians have been horrified by the puerile and sexist comments scribbled on the pages the artists – Anthony Schrag and David Malone – have defended their act of defamation. Schrag says: “If we are to open up the Bible for discussion, surely we have to invite people to speak out. Art allows us to discuss difficult things, and GoMA allows difficult discussions to take place — that is why Glasgow is at the cutting edge of contemporary art.”

How can defacing the Bible, or for that matter fouling any book of knowledge, be contrived as a discussion? And what is ‘cutting edge’ about obscenity?

For me, one person aptly summed up the exhibition. Andrea Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre, told The Times: “This is symbolic of the state of our broken and lawless society. We have got to a point where we call the desecration of the Bible modern art. The Bible stands for everything this art does not: for creation, beauty, hope and regeneration.”

Has society sunk to such lows we no longer know how to respect faith and people?

Matt George

(The exhibition is scheduled to remain on display until August 22)

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