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Faith and the Arts, a resource list for thoughtful consideration

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"The aim and final reason of all music should be nothing else but the Glory of God and the refreshment of the Spirit." - J. S. Bach

"It ought no longer be true that the most exalted moments of a churchgoer's week are associated with music that would not be tolerated in a place of secular entertainment." - Ralph Vaughan-Williams

"Christian art? Art is art, painting is painting; music is music: a story is a story. If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject. If it's good art - and there the questions start coming, questions which it would be simpler to evade." - Madeleine L'Engle

"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."-Andre Gide

"We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts." -Madeleine L'Engle

"All writing is a form of prayer." -John Keats

"I write with intensity, discipline and constancy, because this is the work that calls me, the vocation of my heart." -Bell Hooks

"Personal essayists converse with the reader because they're already having dialogues and disputes with themselves." -Phillip Lopate

"Never lose a holy curiosity." -Albert Einstein

"So much escapes our notice. So much depends on our openness--openness to God and to the beauty He has created." - Leanne Benfield Martin

Best, Harold M. Look for the list of articles and books on the subject of faith and the arts.

Best, Harold M. Music Through the Eyes of Faith (1993)

Best, Harold M. Unceasing Worship; Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 2003

Carson, D.A. Keller, Timothy, Ashton, Mark and Hughes, Kent; Worship by the Book Zondervan Books, 2002

Childs, Edwin T. Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, an ongoing discussion via blog of song from a Christian point of view.

Dawn, Marva Reaching Out without Dumbing Down; A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids MI 1995

Dawn, Marva The Sense of the Call; A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids MI 2006

Horton, Michael A Better Way; Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship Baker Books Grand Rapids, MI 2002

Horton, Michael In The Face of God; The Dangers & Delights of Spiritual Intimacy Word Publishing Dallas 1996

Horton, Michael Where in the World is the Church? A Christian View of Culture and Your Role in It Moody Press, Chicago 1995

Hustad, Donald P. True Worship; Reclaiming the Wonder & Majesty Harold Shaw Publishing, Carol Stream IL 1998

Hustad, Donald P. Jubilate II; Church Music in Worship and Renewal Hope Publishing, Carol Stream IL 1993

Kirtland, Stephanie Christianity And The Arts: Imagination Redeemed to Impact the World, A Dialogue with Luci Shaw

L'Engle, Madeleine Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art © 2008 Crosswicks, Ltd.

Lucarini, Dan Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement Evangelical Press, Webster, NY 2002

Reformation of the Arts and Music An Exploration of the Arts, Music, and the Christian Worldview ~ This site offers lots of reading on the subject by many different authors.

Sayers, Dorothy The Mind of the Maker

Schaeffer, Francis Art and the Bible, The God Who is There (1990), A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture

Schaeffer, Franky Addicted to Mediocrity: Contemporary Christians and the Arts

Veith, Gene Edward: Read the blogs by Veith about art and music.

Wright, N.T. Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God (sermon)

Wright, N.T. They Sing a New Song (sermon)

Doug Yeo writes well about music, especially his writings from a Christian perspective (which is woven through his words).