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Rainbows for the Fallen World: Aesthetic Life and Artistic Task

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Germinal essays showing how imaginativity can invigorate daily life, including schooling, and why "allusivity" is key to artistry. The biblical charter for Christians making art is spelled out, and suggestions are given for working communally at a redemptive culture amid our brilliant, needy artworld. (Toronto Tuppence Press)
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 28th 1980 by Toronto Tuppence Press (first published 1980)
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Bob Robinson
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culture, worldview, arts
Absolutely a MUST-READ for anyone interested in art, aesthetics, and the cultural mandate. Embracing the aesthetic aspect of life has largely been dismissed as superfluous by evangelicals in recent history. Calvin Seerveld issues a stern rebuke: "If older Christians do not like the secular novels their young people read, cannot stand the songs and films mass-produced to capture and twist the imagination of millions around us, are nonplussed by godless contemporary art, what can they expect if no ...more
David Davies
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May be the best book on aesthetics and the Christian worldview I have yet read.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seerveld has many interesting insights that I will find useful to pass along:

Explanation of the need for a fuller life: "If anyone, especially in our differentiated civilization, should purposely try to exclude artistic cultivating from human development or make it optional, that person would be culturally atavistic and would be handicapping people, resisting how God structured his special creatures to unfold. Being in Christ is more important than being literate, just as staying alive is more b
May 03, 2018 added it
Provocative and important work for anyone thinking about the relationship between Christianity and aesthetics, as well as makers and teachers of art. A much deeper engagement with art's purpose and potential than typical evangelical worldview analysis. Seerveld covers aesthetic theory, art history, the place of art in culture, and more. He also gives a nice defense of modern art against shallow conservative objections. However, his critiques of classical views of beauty are too brief and not qui ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great, faithful approach of encouraging arts within a Christian life. Truth is out there and it doesn't require explicit language in order to point people to Jesus. The Creator is evident in creation and a concerted effort to use the gifts and skills provided by that Creator produces evidence of that Truth to the glory of the Master Artist.
Feb 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Recommended as "a fine book on aesthetics," by William Edgar in Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I've found I can't read this right before bed--my brain might boil over.
highly recommended - on art
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