"Rather than reinforcing the teachings, stories, or values of the church, the [prophetic] artist may challenge the church and confront the viewer with disturbing images which raise profound moral questions that religion cannot ignore... Calling this kind of work ‘prophetic’ doesn’t mean it isn’t edifying or even pious, however. Indeed, some would say that ‘prophetic’ art is the most edifying or pious- even the most devotional- kind of art. Some would even say it is the most authentically ‘beautiful’ because it is the most manifestly ‘true.’” (p. 97)
Jensen, Robin Margaret. "Beyond the Decorative and Didactic: The Uses of Art in the Church." In The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community, 75-100. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2004.