CC OPINION: In this clear examination of the arts, Gene Edward Veith Jr. argues that we cannot escape the arts, nor should we wish to; Christians especially ought to participate in and seek to redeem art. Veith argues that art—like all things human—needs to be redeemed, and that Christians cannot abandon the arts to the secular world, but can use them to display God's glory.

We cannot escape the arts. They permeate our lives and our culture--the décor, architecture, music, entertainment, everyday utensils. The imagination of this age, its ideas and concerns, percolate throughout the culture via the arts. These ideas affect us for good or for evil. The choice is not whether to live with art; we must choose whether to live with good art or bad art. Art--like all things human--needs to be redeemed. Christians cannot abandon the arts to the secular world, but can use them to display God's glory. This book will help us develop an informed artistic taste, open yet critical, discerning yet appreciative of what is truly excellent.

 Recommended in Program(s): Challenge II
Cycle(s): n/a



Crossway Books

Publication date:

1 April 1991

Number of pages:



290 g


1.78 cms H x 21.34 cms L x 13.97 cms W






Gene Edward Veith (PhD, University of Kansas) is provost and professor of literature emeritus at Patrick Henry College. He previously worked as the culture editor of World magazine. Veith and his wife, Jackquelyn, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Marvin Olasky (PhD, University of Michigan) is the editor in chief of World magazine, holder of the distinguished chair in journalism and public policy at Patrick Henry College, and senior fellow of the Acton Institute. He was previously a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, a Boston Globe reporter, and a Du Pont Company speechwriter. He is the author of twenty books and more than 3,500 articles. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.

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