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The Liberated Imagination: Thinking Christianly About the Arts (Wheaton Literary Series)

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Established in 1968, the Wheaton Literary Series provides insightful books for the thoughtful reader, inspiring imagination, and reflection. These beautifully produced volumes feature prose and poetry of high literary, academic, and artistic merit, written by and about Christian artists of significant stature.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2000 by Shaw
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Sarah
Sep 25, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
This was a freeing book - thoroughly enjoyable.
Tim
Aug 26, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying Leland Ryken's books as of late. This is another winner.
The Liberated Imagination is a wonderful book on the necessity of the arts to a persons self-education. He does a wonderful job walking the line between why a Christian ought to pursue the arts and how to cultivate a discerning attitude towards diving into the arts that don't adhere to a christian worldview.
The first part of the book lays a biblical foundation for the importance of the arts and how they develop to a m
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Kent
Apr 18, 2012 Kent rated it really liked it
This book really got me thinking more self-consciously about the arts. His explanations and insights are a great starting point for a non-expert seeking to have a more developed perspective on the arts. And, if you don't like Ryken, you can always just peruse the book and read the numerous quotes from various philosophers and artists that he's peppered throughout.
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Jan 30, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
There were a few places where the argument didn't seem to connect, but overall a very good manifesto on the value and function of the arts, with special focus on the Church. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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Dr. Ryken has served on the faculty of Wheaton College since 1968. He has published over thirty books and more than one hundred articles and essays, devoting much of his scholarship to Bible translations and the study of the Bible as literature. He served as Literary Chairman for the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible and in 2003 received the distinguished Gutenberg Award for his contribu ...more
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