Culture & Art

I’m starting to feel my way around in this endeavor, but here are a few of the best resources I’ve found that approach culture and the arts from a Christian perspective. I’ll be blogging about some of them, so stay tuned. This is merely a starter list of what has helped me so far. I’ve got a wish list of other resources to take me further. And I’ll be adding to this as time goes. But, I’d love to find out what has helped you.


Art for God’s Sake, Philip Ryken

The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly About the Arts, Leland Ryken

The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing, Leland Ryken

Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective, Leland Ryken; audio version available here

All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes, Ken Myers

State of the Arts, Gene Edward Veith


Books and Culture

First Things

Articles & Essays:

The Necessity of the Classics, Louise Cowan by (PDF); audio version available here

Toward a Christian View of Art, J. Scott Horrell (.doc)

The Ten Commandments for Artists, Makoto Fujimura

Can Poetry Matter?, Dana Gioia


International Arts Movement

Via Affirmativa


Arts & Letters Daily


Mars Hill Audio Journal, Ken Myers

Veritas Forum’s page of lectures on Arts

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, The Teaching Company

How to Read and Understand Poetry, The Teaching Company


Rediscovering the Beauty of the Arts, R.C. Sproul (also on MP3 and CD )


2 Responses to Culture & Art

  1. steve scott says:

    discovering or rediscovering Christian `permission’ in the arts is going to be a global enterprise…especially now in the connected/`next Christendom’ 21st century.How many different words for beauty are out there? How many cultural perspectives awaiting redemption and transformation?

  2. April says:

    I’m writing a Master’s-level paper on something related to this general topic — so I’m glad I found your blog. Yay! I, too, have been collecting books and whatnot on this topic!

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