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Offline Hinterlander

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I am interested in seeing a list of Artists, Novelists, Songwriters, Painters, Filmmakers, etc . . . who are Orthodox Christians.

People must be active/well-known enough for me to somehow be able to access/experience their work.
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I should add, I'm interested in LIVING or recently passed culture-makers of these sorts.  Is there any kind of magazine or blog that explores culture from an Orthodox pov?

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I am interested in seeing a list of Artists, Novelists, Songwriters, Painters, Filmmakers, etc . . . who are Orthodox Christians.

People must be active/well-known enough for me to somehow be able to access/experience their work.
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 One of these fellas.

Allegedly, anyway.

Dunno if they still record music.
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There is a whole thread here: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,6733.0.html

You might have to slog through it to pick out the 'creatives' but its worth doing if you want a list.....

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I'm hoping for active and committed Orthodox whose faith informs their art.

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I'm hoping for active and committed Orthodox whose faith informs their art.


By that criteria you only have Icon writers...etc.....


Because even the Jonathan Jackson example, while great....he works on a Soap Opera....thats clearly not inspired or informed by his Faith. ;)


Another aside...unless you happen to go to Church with someone on the list, deciding who is 'active and committed' is going to be pretty hard....and I would not try that myself, for the simple fact it is judging someone else's piety.



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The composer John Tavener was a convert to Orthodox Christianity whose art was inspired by Orthodoxy; he eventually branched out in different (religious) directions for inspiration, but said that he remained Orthodox as far as beliefs/affiliation.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn is another possibility, though I wonder to what extent his Orthodox Christianity inspired or informed his fiction and non-fiction. Perhaps a lot, but I haven't read enough of him to know for sure.

Jaroslav Pelikan, while perhaps not what you were looking for, was nonetheless more historian than theologian, so I figured I'd throw him in as someone inspired by Orthodoxy in his "art".  I assume philosophers (Swinburne, Hart) and philosopher-theologians (N. Lossky, Berdyaev) are a bit too far off from what you're asking about.

Also, there are quite a few novelists/writers mentioned in this thread, and this thread.
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Trey Spruance of Secret Chiefs 3. You can see their art, go their shows and find his interviews.

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I thinki the OP framed his question in a way that at least in not such a distant past would have been quite foreign to someone living and creating in , say, Russia. Far from being a cure to "culture" "orthodox art" will only manage to further ghetto-ize and cult-ify the church whenever it's gonna be attempted as such.

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Hanson. All three of them.

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Hanson. All three of them.

Bah! Someone beat me to it.

Hanson's Aunt is a well-known Orthodox convert nun, now abbess, but I'm pretty sure they are not.

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Hanson. All three of them.

Bah! Someone beat me to it.

Hanson's Aunt is a well-known Orthodox convert nun, now abbess, but I'm pretty sure they are not.

Eh, they could pass for nuns.
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I thinki the OP framed his question in a way that at least in not such a distant past would have been quite foreign to someone living and creating in , say, Russia. Far from being a cure to "culture" "orthodox art" will only manage to further ghetto-ize and cult-ify the church whenever it's gonna be attempted as such.

While I can see how my brief original post can be easily understood in this manner I actually am not interested in Orthodox artists who are simply producing art for the Orthodox.  I am interested in examples of novelists, painters, filmmakers etc who are active in their fields and are committed Orthodox.  I am NOT looking for the Orthodox version of the following:



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Fitting that Left Behind should come up as an X for me.  :police:
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