and the Arts Bibliography
The following is a bibliography of resources primarily dealing with
Christianity and literature. There are also some sources dealing with Christainity
and aesthetics or the arts. Most of these are general resources. With a few
exceptions, I have not included the numerous specific scholarly studies of many authors,
artists, and musicians associated in some way with Christianity or religion in
general. This list is intended to introduce interested parties to the general, often
theoretical work, done in the field of religion and literature/ arts.
[NOTE: If anyone is interested in adding to this bibliography,
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General, Introductory (Literature)
Barratt, David, et al. The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on
Literature and Theory. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995.
Clark, Suzanne. The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets.
Moscow, Idaho: Canon P, 2000.
Cowan, Louise and Os Guiness, Ed. An Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to
Books Youve Always Wanted to Read. Wheaton: Baker, 1998.
Eliot, T. S. "Religion and Literature" in Essays Ancient and Modern.
NY: HBC, 1936.
Ficken, Carl. Gods Story and Modern Literature. Philadelphia:
Forde, Nigel. The Lantern and the Looking Glass: Literature and Christian
Belief. London: SPCK, 1997.
_____. Theatercraft, Creativity and the Art of Drama. Grand Rapids:
Harold Shaw, 1990.
Gallagher, Susan V. and Roger Lundin. Literature Through the Eyes of Faith.
San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1989.
Gallagher, Susan VanZanten and Mark Walhout, Ed. The Civic Muse: Literature and the Renewal of the
Public Sphere. London: Macmillan, 2000.
Gardner, Helen. Religion and Literature. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1976.
Greeley, Andrew. Religion as
Poetry. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1996.
Gunn, Giles B. Literature and Religion. NY: Harper and Row, 1976.
Jasper, David. The Study of Literature and Religion. Minneapolis:
Lewis, C.S. An Experiment in Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1961.
________. "Christianity and Literature" Christian Reflections.
Ed. Walter Hooper. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1967. 1-11.
Nichols, Bridget. Literaure in Christian Perspective:
Becoming Faithful Readers. London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 2000.
Ryken, Leland. Realms of Gold. The Classics in Christian Perspective.
Wheaton: Harold Shaw, 1991.
______. Windows to the World. Dallas: Probe, 1990.
________. "Literature in Christian Perspective" God and Culture.
Eds. D.A. Carson and John D. Wobridge, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.
______. Ed. The Christian Imagination: Essays on Literature and the Arts.
Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981.
_____. Ed. The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature
and Writing. Grand Rapids: Harold Shaw, 2002.
_____. Triumphs of the Imagination: Literature in
Christian Perspective. Downders Grove: IVP, 1979.
Sennet, Herbert. Religion and Dramatics: The Relationship Between
Christianity and the Theater Arts. Lanham: U of America P., 1995
TeSelle, Sallie McFague. Literature and the Christian Life. New Haven:
Yale UP, 1996.
Whitworth, Louis D. Literature Under the Microscope: A Christian Case for
Reading. Dallas: Probe Ministries, 1984.
Woodward, John. "Literature." Opening the American Mind. Ed. W.
David Beck. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991. 67-88.
Veith, Gene Edward Jr. Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to
Literature. Wheaton: Crossway, 1990.
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Specific, Critical (Literature)
Adams, James Luther and Wilson Yates, Ed. The Grotesque in Art and
Literature: Theological Reflections. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Bandera, Casareo. The Sacred Game: The Role of the Sacred in the Genesis of
the Modern Literary Form. University Park: Penn State UP, 1994.
Batson, E. Beatrice. Shakespeare and the Christian Tradition. Lewiston:
Edwin Mellen, 1994.
Battenhouse, Roy, ed. Shakespeares Christian Dimension: An Anthology of
Commentary. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1994.
Borgman, Erik, Bart Philipsen and Lea Verstricht, eds.
Literary Canons and Religious Identity. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
Booth, Wayne C. The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction. Berkeley: U of
California P, 1988.
Boyle, Nicholas. Sacred and Secular Scriptures: A
Catholic Approach to Literature. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P,
Brooks, Cleanth. Community, Religion, and Literature. Columbia: U of
Missouri P. 1995.
Cary, Norman Reed. Christian Criticism in the Twentieth
Century. Poet Washington: Kennikat, 1975.
Coulson, John. Religion and Imagination: "in aid of a grammar of
assent." Oxford: Clarendon P, 1981.
Countryman, Louis William. The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Tradition.
NY: Orbis, 2002
Daiches, David. God and the Poets. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1984.
Detweiler, Robert. Breaking the Fall: Religious Readings of Contemporary
Fiction. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989.
_____. Ed. Art/Literature/Religion: Life on the Borders. JAAR
Thematic Studies 49:2 (1983).
Donoghue, Denis. Adam's Curse: Reflections on Religion and Literature.
Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 2001.
Edwards, Michael. Towards a Christian Poetics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
_____. Poetry and Possibility. NY: Macmillan, 1988.
Ferretter, Luke. Towards a Christian
Literary Theory. London: Macmillan, 2003.
Fiddes, Paul. Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue between
Literature and Christian Doctrine. London: Macmillan, 1991.
Gallagher, Susan VanZanten. Postcolonial Literature and the Biblical Call for
Justice. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1994.
Geller, Stephen A. Sacred Enigmas: Literary Religion in the Hebrew Bible,
NY: Routledge, 1996.
Gunn, Giles B. The Interpretation of Otherness: Literature, Religion, and
the American Imagination. London: Oxford UP, 1979.
Harris, Max. Theater and Incarnation. NY: St. Martin's, 1990.
Hartman, Geoffrey H. and Sanford Budick, Ed. Midrash and Literature. New
Haven: Yale UP, 1986.
Hass, Andrew, David Jasper, and Elisabeth Jay, eds.
The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology. Oxford:
Oxford UP 2009.
Hawley, John C. Ed. Through a Glass Darkly: Essays in the Religious
Imagination. NY: Fordham UP, 1996.
Hoffman, Frederick J. The Imagination's New Beginning: Theology and Modern
Literature. London: Oxford UP, 1971.
Hopper, Stanley Romaine. Spiritual Problems in Contemporary Literature.
San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1957.
Hyers, Conrad. And God Created Laughter: The Bible as Divine Comedy.
Atlanta: John Knox, 1987.
Jacobs, Alan. A Theology of Reading. Boulder: Westview, 2001.
Jasper, David. Rhetoric, Power, and Community. Louisville: WJKP, 1993.
_____. Postmodernism, Literature and the Future of Theology. London:
_____. The Sacred Body: Asceticism in
Religion, Literature, Art, and Culture. Waco: Baylor
Jeffrey, David Lyle. Ed. A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English
Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.
_____. People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
Ketchen, Susan, Ed. The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern
Fiction. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1994.
Kort, Wesley A. Shriven Selves: Religious Problems in Recent American Fiction.
Philadelphia: Fortress, 1972.
_____. Moral Fiber: Character and Belief in Recent American Fiction.
Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982.
_____. Narrative Elements and Religious Meaning. Philadelphia:
Lundin, Roger. The Culture of Interpretation: Christian Faith and the
Postmodern World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993.
_____. et. al. The Responsibility of Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids:
_____. et al. The Promise of Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority.
Rowan and Littlefield, 2006.
There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to
Wendell Berry. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
_____. Believing Again: Faith and Doubt in a
Secular Age. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
_____. ed. Invisible Conversations: Religion in the
Literature of America. Waco: Baylor UP, 2009.
Lynch, William F. Christ and Apollo: The Dimensions of the Literary
Imagination. NY: Sheed and Ward, 1960.
_____. Christ and Prometheus: A New Image of the Secular. Nortre Dame:
U of Nortre Dame P, 1970.
Manlove, Colin. Christian Fantasy: From 1200 to the Present. Notre Dame:
U of Notre Dame P, 1992.
Mallard, William. The Reflection of Theology in Literature: A Case Study in
Theology and Culture. San Antonio: Trinity UP, 1977.
Mariani, Paul. God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable.
U of Georgia P, 2002.
Middleton, Darren J. N. Theology After Reading:
Christian Imagination and the Power of Fiction. Waco: Baylor UP,
Mulder, John R. Ed. Literature and Religion: The Convergence of Approaches.
JAAR 47 (1979).
Murphy, Francesca Aran. Christ the Form of Beauty: A Study in Theology and
Literature. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1995.
Prickett, Stephen. Narrative, Religion and Science:
Fundamentalism versus Irony, 1700-1999. Cambridge: Cambridge UP,
_____. Words and the Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical
Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988.
Ritchie, Daniel E. Reconstructing Literature in an Ideological Age: A
Biblical Poetics and Literary Studies from Milton to Burke. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
Robinson, Edward. The Language of Mystery. London: SCM, 1989.
Rosenthal, Peggy. The Poets' Jesus: Representations at the End of a
Millennium. NY: Oxford UP, 2000.
Ross-Bryant, Lynn. Imagination and the Life of the Spirit. Chico:
Scholars P, 1981.
Ruland, Vernon. Horizons of Criticism: An Assessment of Religious-Literary
Options. Chicago: American Library Assoc., 1975.
Schad, John. Queer Fish: Christian Unreason from
Darwin to Derrida. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2004.
Scott, Nathan Jr. Ed. The New Orpheus: Essays Toward a Christian Poetic.
NY: Sheed and Ward, 1964.
_____. The Broken Center: Studies in the Theological Horizon of Modern
Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 1966.
_____. Negative Capability: Studies in the New Literature and the Religious
Situation. New Haven: Yale UP, 1969.
Scott, S. Jamie, Ed. "And the Birds Began to Sing": Religion and
Literature in Post-Colonial Cultures.
Steiner, George. Real Presences. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989.
_____. Grammars of Creation. Yale: Yale UP, 2001.
Tennyson, G.B. and Edward E. Ericson, Jr. Ed. Religion and Modern
Literature: Essays in Theory and Criticism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1975.
Trzyna, Thomas, "Forgiveness and Time" CSR 22:2 (1992): 7-21.
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of
Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
Vos, Nelvin. The Great Pendulum of Becoming: Images in Modern Drama.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.
Walhout, Clarence and Leland Ryken, eds. Contemporary Literary Theory: A
Christian Appraisal. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.
Walhout, Clarence. "Literature, Christianity, and the Public Sphere." CSR
29:2 (1999): 361-373.
Problem of Moral Criticism in Christian Literary Theory." CSR 24:1
Wilder, Amos. Theopoetic: Theology and the Religious Imagination.
Philadelphia: Fortress, 1976.
_____. Theology and Modern Literature. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1958.
Wood, James. Essays on Literature and Belief. NY: Random House, 1999.
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Writers on Literature
Berry, Wendell. Standing By Words. San Francisco: North Point, 1983.
Betts, Doris. "On Conjunctions and Other Meaningful Words." Christianity
and Literature 50:2 (2001): 305-312.
Brown, W. Dale, Ed. Of Fiction and Faith: Twelve American Writers Talk About
Their Vision and Work. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
_____, Ed. Conversation with American
Writers: The Doubt, the Faith, and the In-Between.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.
Buechner, Frederick. The Clown in the Belfry: Writings on Faith and Fiction.
San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1992.
_____. Speak What We Feel (Not What We Ought to Say): Reflections on
Literature and Faith. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.
Dillard, Annie. Living By Fiction. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1982.
Hansen, Ron. A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on
Faith & Fiction. NY: HarperCollins, 2001.
Hartill, Rosemary. Ed. Writers Revealed: Eight
Contemporary Novelists Talk about Faith,. Religion, and God. NY: Peter Bedrick Books,
Hill, Geoffrey. The Lords of Limit: Essays on Literature
and Ideas. NY: Oxford UP, 1984.
Holberg, Jennifer L. Ed. Shouts and Whispers:
Twenty-One Writers Speak about Their Writing and Their Faith. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.
Lamotte, Anne. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith. NY: Anchor,
_____. Plan B: Further
Thoughts on Faith. Riverhead, 2005
_____. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts
on Faith. Riverhead, 2008.
Leax, John. Grace is Where I Live: Writing as a Christian Vocation.
Wheaton: Baker: 1998.
L' Engle, Madeleine. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.
San Francisco: Northpoint P, 1995.
Mauriac, Francois. Second Thoughts: Reflections on Literature and on Life.
Books for Libraries, 1973.
_____. What I Believe. NY: Farrar, Straus, 1963.
_____. The Inner Presence; Recollections of My Spiritual Life. Indianapolis,
Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1968.
Peterson, Eugene. Take and Read: Spiritual Reading: An Annotated List.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. Nobel Lecture, trans. F.D. Reeve. NY: FSG, 1972.
Yancy, Philip. Ed. Reality and the Vision: 18 Contemporary Writers Tell Who
They Read and Why.. Dallas: Word, 1990.
Zinsser, William K. Ed. Going on Faith: Writing As a Spiritual Quest.
NY: Marlowe, 1999.
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Atwan, Robert and Laurance Wieder. Chapters into Verse: Poetry in
English Inspired by the Bible. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1993.
_____., et al. Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry.
Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998.
Bergman, Susan. Ed. Martyrs: Contemporary Witers on Modern Lives of Faith.
NY: HarperCollins, 1996.
Brown, David and David Fuller. Ed. Signs of Grace: Sacraments in Poetry and
Prose. Morehouse P, 1996..
Craig, David and Janet McCann, Ed. Odd Angles of Heaven:
Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith. Wheaton: Harold Shaw, 1994.
_____. Ed. Place of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poetry. Ashland, OR:
Story Line, 2000.
Curtis, C. Micheal. God: Stories. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Curzon, David. Ed. The Gospels in Our Image: An Anthology of
Twentieth-Century Poetry Based on Biblical Texts. NY: Harcourt, 1995.
_____. Modern Poems on the Bible : An Anthology.
NY: Jewish Publication Society, 1993.
Davie, Donald. New Oxford Book of Christian Verse.
Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988.
Elie, Paul. Ed. A Tremor of Bliss: Contemporary Writers
on the Saints. NY: Harcourt, Brace. 1994.
Fickett, Harold. Ed.. Things in Heaven &
Earth : Exploring the Supernatural. Paraclete P, 1998.
Grady, Thomas and Paula Huston. Ed. Signatures
of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments. New York: Dutton, 2000.
Impasto, David, Ed. Upholding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary
Christian Poetry. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1997.
Martin, Regis. Garlands of Grace: An Anthology of Great Christian Poetry.
Ignatius P, 2002.
Olsen, W. Scott and Scott Cairns. Ed. The Sacred Place : Witnessing the Holy
in the Physical World. U of Utah P, 1996.
Poetry As Prayer Series. 6 vols. NY: Pauline
Bodo, Murray. Denise Levertov.
Carpini, John Delli. Emily Dickinson.
Morneau, Robert. Jessica Powers.
Pennington, M. Basil. OSCO. The Psalms.
Waldron, Robert. The Hound of Heaven.
_____. Thomas Merton
Tippens, Darryl. et el., Ed. Shadow and Light: Literature
and the Life of Faith. Abilene: Abilene Christian UP, 1997.
Witherington, Ben. The Poetry of Piety: An Anotated Anthology of Christian
Poetry. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.
Wolfe, Gregory, Ed. The New Religious Humanists: A Reader. NY: Free
Literary Responses to Scripture
Buchmann, Christina and Celina Spiegel, Ed. Out of the Garden: Women
Writers on the Bible. London: Pandora, 1994.
Buechner, Frederick. Telling the Truth: The Gospel As Tragedy, Comedy, and
Fairy Tale. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1985.
Corn, Alfred, Ed. Incarnation: Contemporary Writers on the New Testament.
NY: Viking, 1990.
Domina, Lynn, Ed. Poets on the Psalms.
Trinity UP, 2008.
Jasper, David and Stephen Prickett. Ed. The Bible and
Literature: A Reader. Blackwell, 1999.
Prickett, Stephen. Origins of Narrative: The Romantic Appropriation of the
Bible. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996.
Rosenberg, David. Ed. Congregation: Contemporary Writers Read the
Jewish Bible. BY: HBJ, 1987.
_____. Ed. Genesis As It Is Written: Contemporary Writers on Our First
Stories. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.
_____. Ed. Communion: Contemporary Writers Reveal the Bible in Their Lives.
NY: Anchor, 1997.
Woiwode, Larry. Acts. NY: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.
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Balthasar, Hans Urs von. The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics.
8 vols. San Francisco: Clarendon, Ignatius.
______. Theo-drama: Theological Dramatic Theory. Trans. Graham
Harrison. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988-
Begbie, Jeremy. Ed. Beholding the Glory: Incarnation Through the Arts.
Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.
_____. Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts.
Mansfield: T & T Clark, 2000.
_____. Theology, Music and Time. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000.
Brand, Hillary and Adrienne Chaplin. Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians
in the Arts. Carlisle: Solway, 1999.
Brown, Frank Burch. Religious Aesthetics. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1989.
_____. Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste : Aesthetics in
Religious Life. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000.
Bustard, Ned. Ed. It Was Good: Making Art for the Glory
of God. Square Halo Books, 2000.
Evdokimov, Paul. The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty. Trans.
Steven Bingham. Oakwood P, 1989.
Farley, Edward. Faith and Beauty : A Theological Aesthetic. Ashgate P,
Harries, Richard. Art and the Beauty of God: A Christian
Understanding. Geoffrey Chapman, 2000.
Hart, David Bentley. The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian
Truth. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.
Jenson, Robert W. Essays in Theology of Culture. Grand Rapids:
Martin, James Alfred. Beauty and Holiness: The Dialogue Between Aesthetics
and Religion. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1990.
Navone, John. Toward a Theology of Beauty. Collegeville: Liturigal
_____. Enjoying God's Beauty. Collegeville: Liturigal Press, 1999.
Schmidt, Thomas. A Scandalous Beauty : The Artistry of God and the Way of
the CrossA Scandalous Beauty : The Artistry of God and the Way of
the Cross. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2002.
Shanks, Andrew. ‘What Is Truth?:’ Towards a
Theological Poetics. NY: Routledge, 2001.
Sherry, Patrick. Spirit and Beauty: An Introduction to Theological Aesthetics.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1992.
Thiessen, Gesa Elsbeth, ed. Theological Aesthetics:
A Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
Turner, Steve. Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts. Downers
Grove: IVP, 2001.
Viladesau, Richard. Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and
Art. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1999.
_____. Theology and the Arts: Encountering God
Through Music, Art, and Rhetoric. NY: Paulist P, 2000.
Williams, Rowan. Grace and Necessity:
Reflections on Art and Love. Harrisburg: Morehouse, 2005.
Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Art in Action: Toward a Christian
Aesthetic. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.
Zuidervaart, Lambert and Henry Luttikhuizen. The Arts, Community, and
Cultural Democracy. NY: Palgrave, 2000.
Adams, Doug and Diane Apostolos-Cappadora, Ed. Art as Religious Studies.
NY: Crossroad, 1987.
Buechner, Frederick. The Faces of Jesus. NY: Harper and Row, 1989.
Cunningham, David. Reading is Believing: the
Christian Faith through Literature and Film. Grand Rapids: Brazos,
Clowney, Edmunc P. "The Living Art: Christian Experience and the
Arts." God and Culture. Ed. D.A. Carson and John Woodbridge. Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans, 1993. 235-254.
Detweiler, Robert, Ed. Art/Literature/Religion: Life on the Borders.
Chico: Scholars, 1983.
Dillenberger, John. A Theology of Artistic Sensibilities. NY:
Hazelton, Roger. A Theological Approach to Art. Nashville: Abingdon,
Hugo, John W. "The Arts" Opening the American Mind. Ed. W.
David Beck. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991. 89-102.
Kandinksky. Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Trans. M.T. H. Sadler. NY:
Dover, 1977 (1914).
Martain, Jacques. Art and Scholasticism. NY: Scribners, 1962.
McDannell, Colleen. Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in
America. New Haven: Yale UP, 1995.
Newport, John P. Theology and Contemporary Art Forms. Dallas: Word, 1975.
Prescott, Theodore L. Ed. A Broken Beauty.
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
Ryken, Leland. The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly About the
Arts. Wheaton: Harold Shaw, 1989.
Sacred Imagination: The Arts and Theological Education. Theological
Education 31:1 (1994).
Timmerman, John H. "The Ugly in Art." CSR 7 (1977): 138-145.
Wuthnow, Robert. Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist. U of
California P, 2001.
Veith, Gene Edward. State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe.
Wheaton: Crossway, 1991.
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