Diversity is a time-honored word in the philosophy of art. But it never stands alone. Just as a string is needed to hold pearls in place to form a necklace, so too, a principle of unity is needed to wed a diversity of factors into a work of art. Hence the adage that art is diversity within unity.

A melody is not simply a diversity of notes. A mere random series of notes is not something anyone could sing. A good melody is not only singable, but it is also memorable. It occurs when the various notes are unified into a musical whole. How this process of unification comes about is something of a mystery and is a gift to those especially talented people known as composers.

The word “diversity” does not appear in the Bible. However, we learn from The Book of Genesis that God created a diversity of beings from the inanimate to the animate. And creation was crowned in a special way. “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1: 31). It was good because everything He made was coordinated, harmonized, blended into a unified whole. It was a universe, a cosmos, the supreme masterpiece of diversity within unity. Scientists refer to this coordinated blend of different elements as “ecology,” which is the study of the interrelationships of organisms with the environment and each other. The study of nature parallels the study of creation.  

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