The first artist was God Himself. Man’s very existence is the result of God’s creativity.
At Regent we believe that since we are created in God’s own image, we too have the capacity to create, though on a limited, finite basis. We have been given the ability to produce and appreciate beauty. Creativity gives outward expression to the inward soul of man. John Saxon stated, “Creativity springs unsolicited from well-prepared minds.” The Regent education is designed to provide a strong knowledge base upon which the student may creatively build.
We teach that with God’s gift of creativity comes the responsibility to think differently from the world, to dwell on the Word of God, and to be led by the Holy Spirit. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) All of a Christian’s artistic efforts should reflect God and His beauty. The art that we study and produce is summarized in the passage below from Paul's letter to the church at Philippi.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”