The human artist does not create out of nothing…

Yet unlike God, the human artist does not create out of nothing. “Human creativity is derivative and reflective, working within the bounds of what God has formed,” writes Os Guinness. As C. S. Lewis put it, “an author should never conceive of himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of that eternal Beauty and Wisdom.”

Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, from How Now Shall We Live?, p. 449

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