Why sentimental piety cannot be good art

Evangelical Christians have been releasing a lot of second rate copies of pop culture hits based on sentimental piety and family values. I have a hard time digesting most of it because the aesthetic is cheap while simultaneously being incapable of touching reality the way it is. Although this article has more to do with literary genuis Flannery O Conners opinions, I believe it is still relevant. The writer even references Augustine, because proponents of sentimental piety are more like the Manichaen heretics Augustine ditched to be Catholic. It could also be said Augustine’s Confessions have little sentimental piety and it stands one of the most endearing and beautiful pieces of literature because he refuses to bypass his brokenness in order to articulate the depths of God’s love.

Why sentimental piety cannot be good art


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