Good books on art

Ever wanted to develop a theology of art? Begin by reading these authors. This should be standard reading for a Christian Education curriculum focused on art and/or aesthetics.

  Begbie,JeremyResounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music.Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.

2.     Begbie, Jeremy, ed. Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2000.
(I’d also suggest the third section of his book Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts.)

3.     Brand, Hilary and Adrienne Chaplin.  Art & Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts.  Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 1999.

4.     Brown, Frank Burch.  Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

5.     Brown, Frank Burch. Inclusive, Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

6.     Buechner, Frederick. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale. New York: HarperOne, 1977.

7.     Bustard, Ned, ed. It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Baltimore, MD: Square Halo Books, 2006.

8.     Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downers Grove, Il.: IVP, 2008.

9.     De Gruchy, John W. Christianity, Art, and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

10.  Dyrness, William A. Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001.

11.  Guite, Malcolm. Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.

12.  Guthrie, Steven R. Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.

13.  Jensen, Robin. The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

14.  Johnson, Robert K. Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007).

15.  L’Engle, Madeleine. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (New York: Shaw Books, 2001).

16.  Maritain, Jacques. Art and Scholasticism. London: Sheed and Ward, 1933.

17.  Matthewes-Green, Frederica. The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2008.

18.  Noland, Rory. The Heart of the Artist. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999.

19.  O’Connor, Flannery. Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1961.

20.  Peterson, Eugene. Subversive Spirituality. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

21.  Potok, Chaim. My Name is Asher Lev. New York: Anchor, 2003.

22.  Rookmaaker,HansModern Art & the Death of Culture.  Leicester: IVP, 1970; reissued Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 1994.

23.  Ryken, Leland, ed. The Christian Imagination: The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Pres, 2002.

24.  Sayers,Dorothy L.  The Mind of the Maker.  San Francisco: Harper, 1987.

25.  Schaeffer, Francis. Art and the Bible. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 2006.

26.  Seerveld, Calvin.  Rainbows for a Fallen World: Aesthetic Life and Artistic Task.  Toronto: Tuppence Press, 1980.

27.  Seerveld, Calvin. Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art.  Toronto: Tuppence Press, 2000.

28.  Taylor, W. David O., ed. For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010.

29.  Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth. Theological Aesthetics: A Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

30.  Treier, Daniel J. and Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin, eds. The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts. Downers Grove, Il.: IVP, 2007.

31.  Turner, Steve. Imagine: A Vision for Christians and the Arts, IVP, 2001

32.  Viladesau, Richard.  Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

33.  Von Balthasar, Hans Urs. The Glory of the Lord: Seeing the Form, “Introduction.” San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982.

34.  Williams, Rowan. Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love. London: Continuum, 2005.

35.  Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Art in Action. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980

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