Recommended Reading

Here are a few (non-comprehensive, somewhat idiosyncratic) resources that I have found helpful (for any number of reasons) on the topic of faith and the arts.

  1. Bauer, Michael J. Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.
  2. Bayles, David and Ted OrlandArt & Fear: Observations on The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Eugene, OR: The Image Continuum, 1993.
  3. Bustard, Ned, editor. It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Baltimore, MD: Square Halo Books, 2006.
  4. Begbie, Jeremy.  Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.
  5. Begbie, Jeremy, ed. Beholding the Glory: Incarnation through the Arts. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2000. (I’d also suggest the third section of Begbie’s book Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts.)
  6. Brand, Hilary and Adrienne Chaplin.  Art & Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts.  Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 1999.
  7. Brown, Frank Burch. Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  8. Brown, Frank Burch. Inclusive, Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
  9. Buechner, Frederick. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale. New York: HarperOne, 1977.
  10. Bustard, Ned, ed. It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Baltimore, MD: Square Halo Books, 2006.
  11. Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downers Grove, Il.: IVP, 2008.
  12. Currey, Mason. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. New York: Knopf, 2013.
  13. De Gruchy, John W. Christianity, Art, and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice.
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  14. Dyrness, William A. Visual Faith: Art, Theology, and Worship in Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001.
  15. Guite, MalcolmFaith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.
  16. Gunton, Colin. The One, the Three and the Many: God, Creation and the Culture of Modernity (Cambridge: CUP, 1993).
  17. Guthrie, Steven R. Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
  18. Harris, Max. Theater and Incarnation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.
  19. Hart, Trevor. Creation, Creativity, and Artistry. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014.
  20. Haynes, Deborah J. The Vocation of the Artist. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  21. Jensen, Robin. The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  22. Johnson, Robert K. Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007).
  23. L’Engle, Madeleine. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (New York: Shaw Books, 2001).
  24. Maritain, JacquesArt and Scholasticism. London: Sheed and Ward, 1933.
  25. Matthewes-Green, Frederica. The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2008.
  26. Noland, Rory. The Heart of the Artist. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999.
  27. O’Connor, FlanneryMystery and Manners: Occasional Prose.New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1961.
  28. Peterson, Eugene. Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer. HarperOne, 1991.
  29. Peterson, EugeneSubversive Spirituality.Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
  30. Potok, ChaimMy Name is Asher Lev.New York: Anchor, 2003.
  31. RookmakerHans.  Modern Art & the Death of Culture.  Leicester: IVP, 1970; reissued Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 1994.
  32. Ryken, Leland, ed. The Christian Imagination: The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Pres, 2002.
  33. SayersDorothy L. The Mind of the Maker.  San Francisco: Harper, 1987.
  34. Schaeffer, FrancisArt and the Bible. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 2006.
  35. SeerveldCalvinRainbows for a Fallen World: Aesthetic Life and Artistic Task.  Toronto: Tuppence Press, 1980.
  36. Seerveld, Calvin. Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art.Toronto: Tuppence Press, 2000.
  37. Sokolove, Deborah. Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation between Artists, Theologians, and the Church. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.
  38. Taylor, W. David O., ed. For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts.Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010.
  39. Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth. Theological Aesthetics: A Reader.Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  40. Torgerson, Mark A. Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2012.
  41. Torrance, James B. Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace. IVP Academic: 1996.
  42. Treier, Daniel J.and Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin, edsThe Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts. Downers Grove, Il.: IVP, 2007.
  43. Turner, Steve. Imagine: A Vision for Christians and the Arts, IVP, 2001
  44. Viladesau, Richard. Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  45. Von Balthasar, Hans Urs. The Glory of the Lord: Seeing the Form,“Introduction.” San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982.
  46. Wainwright, Geoffrey. For Our Salvation: Two Approaches to the Work of Christ. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
  47. Williams, Rowan. Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love. London: Continuum, 2005.
  48. Wolfe, Gregory. Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age. Wilmington, DL: ISI Books, 2011.
  49. WolterstorffNicholasArt in Action. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.
  50. Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.