Art & Faith Articles

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Introductory Articles

A Letter to Young Artists by Makoto Fujimura
A Profound Weakness by Betty Spackman interview
Art, Philosophy and Worldview by  H.R. Rookmaaker
Freedom & Responsibility of Artist by  Calvin Seerveld
Imagination: An Other Avenue to Truth by Luci Shaw
Looking at Paintings by  Chris Cuthill
New Insights through Art by  Jeremy Begbie
Reintegration of Word and Image by  Colin Harbinson
The Good, True and Beautiful by  Philip Ryken
Using the Piquant Arts Set by  Elria Kwant
What is Art? by  Laurel Gasque
What is Visual Art? by  H.R. Rookmaaker

Christianity and Culture

Calvinism and Culture by Irving Hexham
Christianity and Culture (Audio)- by  H.R. Rookmaaker
Critical Zone by Wes Hurd
Culture Care by Alexandra Harper
Sensuality and Spirituality: unholy alliance or creational remembrance? The Art of Deborah Keiller by Geoff Hall
Working in the Gap by Steve Scott

Christianity and Art

Abstraction and the Christian Faith by Makoto Fujimura
Address by Pope Benedict XVI November 2009

Art from a Christian Point of View by Beat Rink
Art with Missional Intent in Paris by Steve Thrall
Artist´s Freedom & Responsibility by Calvin Seerveld
Cultural Guidelines for Artists by Calvin Seerveld
Does Art Need Justification? by H.R. Rookmaaker
Ed Knippers and Use of the Nude in Art by D. Hatton
Good Depictions of God by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker
Interview with Calvin Seerveld by Comment Magazine
Jesus Christ: The Bare Naked Truth by Marisa Martin
Kuyper´s Ideas on Art and Religion
 by Peter Heslam
Letter to Artists 1999 by Pope John Paul II
No Time Like Now; on Truth and Art by Steve Scott
Norms for Art and Art Education? by H.R. Rookmaaker
Nudity or Clothes? by Edward Knippers
Planting Seeds, Spreading Flames by Steve Scott
Play Time by Betty Spackman
Redeeming the Arts by Lausanne World Evangelization
Restoring the Arts to the Church by Colin Harbinson
Silent Witness by Laurel Gasque
The Bible is not Safe by Ned Bustard
The Christian and Art by H.R. Rookmaaker
The Church Gives Contemporary Art Its Blessing by Judith Harris
The Vocation of the Artist by Sandra Bowden
Ut pictura poesis? by Bruce Herman
Why Art Matters, Even on 9/11 by Makoto Fujimura

Art and the Church

A New Renaissance in the Arts: Why Now? by J. Scott McElroy
Art and Pastoral Ministry by Jason Dy
Art and Worship in Reformed Tradition  (PhD Dissertation) by G. Wheeler
Banners and Paraments by Doreen Kellogg
Calvin, the Arts and Worship by Colin Harbinson
Contemporary Art in British Churches by Jonathan Evens
Contemporary Commissions by Jonathan Evens
Discipling the Eyes Through Art by David Taylor
Faith and the Arts: A Fragile Friendship by Andy Crouch
Finnish Church Art by Maija Paavilainen
How to Commission Visual Art
How to Start an Art Gallery at Your Church by Chrisopher Brewer
Not Just for Looks: Practical Suggestions for Choosing Appropriate Visuals for Worship by Chris Stoffel Overvoorde
Open Our Eyes: A glimpse of the way churches are transforming worship spaces by William Dyrness
Rediscovering the Lost Art of Patronage by Brian Moss
Restoring the Arts to the Church by Colin Harbinson
Sacred Space and Contemporary Art by Grete Refsum
Starting an Arts Ministry in Your Church by J. Scott McElroy and Jessie Nilo
Stoffel Overvoor Preaching and the Arts by Catherine Kapikian
The Arts and the Maturity of the Church by J. Scott McElroy
The Church’s Role in Art: Artists, pastors, and theologians offer advice for church art patronage by Sørina Higgins

Art in the Church

Chapel in Louvain-La-Neuve by Koenraad De Wolf
Christ in Hackney by Marc Cazalet by John Pridmore
Church installation by Dayton Castleman
Emmaus Mosaic by John Piper by Jonathan Evens
Installation by Madeleine Dietz by Patrik Scherrer
Meditation cloth by Solomon Raj by Jojanneke Dekker
New memorial Places in Dutch Churches by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker
Release by Olga Lah – Edward Yang
Tapestry by Janpeter Muilwijk by Willemijn Peene
Year Column by Dietrich Stalmann by Patrik Scherrer

Contemporary Art and Culture

Engaging With Our Divided Culture (High and Low Culture) by David Porter
No Time Like Now, on Truth and Art by Steve Scott
Not all religious art is made by believers by Adrienne Chaplin
On The Strange Place of Contemporary Art by Jeremie Begby
Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art by S. Brent Plate
The Future of Conceptual Art by Adrienne Chaplin
The Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art by Theodore Prescott, Bruce Herman, James Romaine, Bruce Ellis Benson, and James Elkins

Contemporary Christian Art

Evangelicals and the Arts by Eric Gorski
*Looking for a Renaissance by Gregory Wolfe
Making Crosses and Crucifixes Today by Grete Refsum
*Oh, How You Will Delight The Angels!: Ten artists wrestle with faith in every creative action, knowing today’s only the beginning  by James Romaine
Working in the Gap by Steve Scott

Art and Theology

Art from a Christian Point of View by Beat Rink
Kuyper on Art and Religion by Peter Heslam
Luther, Dürer, and the Word by Barbara Pitkin
New Insights Through Art by Jeremy Begbie
Silent Witness by Laurel Gasque
The Cross Yesterday and Today by Grete Refsum
“The Senses are not Content to Take Second Place”: Body, Art and Temptation in Augustine’s Confessions by Jim Watkins

Art History

*A Renaissance Gallery: Five artists who captured the imagination of the church by Rachel Smith
About the content of medieval works of art by H.R. Rookmaaker
Art of the 15th Century by H.R. Rookmaaker
Art as Spiritual Perception Review by Adrienne Chaplin
Art Sacré in France: Matisse, Chagall, Cocteau by Jonathan Evens
Art: Seeing through the eyes of faith by Nigel Halliday
Baroque Art by H.R. Rookmaaker
Good Depictions of God by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker
Matter of Life and Death: Damien Hirst and Liviu Mocan by Christopher Watkin
Norms for Art and Art Education? by H.R. Rookmaaker
On Nudity by H.R. Rookmaaker
Philosophy and Art: Pieter Bruegel by H. Rookmaaker
Principles of nineteenth-century art by H.R. Rookmaaker
Review of ‘The sacred made real: Spanish painting and sculpture 1600–1700´ at the National Gallery, London, 2010 by Nigel Halliday
*Scripture on the Ceiling: Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel make a profound statement about the creation story—and the artist’s own creativity by James Romaine
Seventeenth-century Dutch art: Christian art? by H.R. Rookmaaker
Spirituality and/in 20th-Century Art by Jonathen Evens
The Spirituality of the Artist-Clown. The significance of the clown in the life and work of Albert Houthuesen by Jonathan Evens
The Bible of the Poor by Laurel Gasque
The Christian Art Historian by John Walford
The Impressionists by H.R. Rookmaaker
The Influence of the Reformation on Art by H.R. Rookmaaker
The Theme of Naked Truth by David L. Hatton
The Visibility of the Invisible: Renaissance Art and the Mediation of Belief by John Walford
Window on the World (both parts) by Margaret Wilson
Theme, style and motif in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by H.R. Rookmaaker
Truth in Stone and Marble: The early church developed a visual language to express their faith in art by Jennifer Hevelone-Harper


Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God by N.T. Wright
Art, Aesthetics, and Beauty by H.R. Rookmaaker
Beauty Avenged, Apologetics Enriched by William Edgar
Beauty Will Save the World by Alfred Bronswijk
Let Beauty Awake by N.T. Wright
Ten Remarks on Beauty by Beat Rink
The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty by Joseph Ratzinger
The Good, True and Beautiful by Philip Ryken
*The Wound of Beauty by Gregory Wolfe


Advent, Art and Receptivity by Wesley Vander Lugt
Creativity and Depression by Betty Spackman
Imprint: The Thumbprint on the Clay by Luci Shaw
The Biblical Doctrine of Creativity (Audio) by Jerram Barrs


Good Depictions of God by Marleen Hengelaar
How Imagination Engages your Heart and Moral Character by Edith Reitsema
Imagination: That Other Avenue to Truth by Luci Shaw
Narrative, Symbol, and Ritual: Towards a Reintegration of Word and Image by Colin Harbinson
The Bible and Christian Imagination by N.T. Wright
*The Wise Imagination by Trevor Hart

World Christian Art

Africa´s Artistic Resurrection by Richard Ostling
An Artist’s Humble Response to God’s Calling: An Interview with Soichi Watanabe by Sonya VanderVeen Feddema
Art and Pastoral Ministry by Jason K. Dy
Christian Art in China by Barbara Kreissl
Creating Chinese Christian Art by Fan Pu
Indigenization of Chinese Christian Art by He Qi
Liberation in Luke’s Gospel: An Artistic Appreciation and a Theological Analysis by B. S. Moses Kumar
*The Good News in Oil and Acrylic: A missions center becomes a patron of the arts by Tony Carnes
The Hispanic Aesthetic in Religious Art and Architecture by Jaime Lara
The Image of Christ in Indian Art by Alphonso Doss
Voices from the New Heartland: Christian Art in Asia, Africa, & Latin America by Laurel Gasque


A Symphony of Proportions, Roosenberg Abbey in Waasmunster, Belgium by Albert Hengelaar
Design of a Carthusian Monastery by M. Hengelaar
Emancipating Architecture: Toward a More Serious Aesthetic by Herta Gaus
Finnish Church Architecture by M. Paavilainen
God’s Architecture: Gaudi Sagrada Famila and Crypt by Jonathan Evens
Is there a Christian Architecture? Interview with Daniel Lee by Daniel Lee
Postmodern Architecture by Gene Edward Veith
*The Art of Glory: Cape Cod’s newly completed Church of the Transfiguration embodies the belief that beauty can nurture our communion with God by D. Neff
The Creation of the Earth and The Old and New Jerusalem by Paul van Dongen


A word about the Word by Julia Stankova
Charalambos Epaminonda: Madonna of the Woods, an Icon of Deep Incarnation by John Kohan
Church Painting in Georgia by A. Mgaloblishvili
Designing Icons: Perspective Systems in Icons by Aidan Hart
George Kordis by George Kordis
Icon of the Dormition of the Mother of God, A Beautiful Hope by Matthia Langone
Jan Verdonk The Transfiguration by Alfred Bronswijk
Pentecost Icon of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker
Making the Invisible Visible: Russian Icons of the Golden Age by Laurel Gasque
The Development of Church Painting in Countries of the Orthodox World (Greece, Russia, and Georgia) in the Early 20th Century by Anna Mgaloblishvili
The Holy Trinity: Invitation to Community by Laurel Gasque
Wasili Wasin: Entry into Jerusalem by Alfred C. Bronswijk