For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts edited by W. David O. Taylor
For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts edited by W. David O. Taylor
For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts edited by W. David O. Taylor

For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts edited by W. David O. Taylor

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Once upon a time, the church was deeply involved in the arts, leading the way in beauty, technical ability, and even funding. In many churches today the arts are an afterthought at best and forbidden at worst. This insightful book, For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, takes you beyond "how we've always done it," beyond fads, beyond mere imitation of the culture, and beyond utilitarianism to develop a robust, dynamic, and substantive vision for the place of the arts - and artists - in our churches.

Contributors include:

  • Eugene Peterson
  • W. David O. Taylor
  • Lauren Winner
  • John Witvliet
  • Jeremy Begbie
  • Andy Crouch
  • Barbara Nicolosi
  • Joshua Banner

Hardcover: 204 pages

Dimensions5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 10.5 oz


W. David O. Taylor is an Anglican priest, and Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller University, as well as the Director of Brehm Texas. He is the author of Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life and editor of For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts. He has written for The Washington PostImage JournalChrist & Pop Culture, and Christianity Today, among other publications. David lives in Austin with his wife, Phaedra, a visual artist and gardener, his daughter, Blythe, and son, Sebastian. He tweets @wdavidotaylor; and posts Instagram: @davidtaylor_theologian.


"The called out, multi-gifted, and working church ought to be synonymous with all good gifts and stewardship of the earth. And it most certainly ought to be synonymous with the stewardship of the arts. For the Beauty of the Church reminds us of this essential truth and many more."
― Charlie Peacock, co-director, Art House America; author of 
New Way to Be Human

"Pragmatic and theologically astute at the same time, For the Beauty of the Church is a gem-packed collection for those navigating between the realms of the arts and the church. David Taylor is one of the leading pastors in the church's effort to reach out to artists. I am delighted that he has brought together these important and lucid voices for our edification."
― Makoto Fujimura, artist; founder and creative director, International Arts Movement

"One reason the church exists is that our hunger for beauty will not go away. These essays remind us why. The splendid chapter by Barbara Nicolosi is worth the price of the book itself."
― John Ortberg, author, pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

"This book is an urgently needed wake-up call for the church! Why have we failed so badly to honor, support, nurture, respectfully critique, and listen to the artists among us? I pray that this book will encourage more artists and churches to offer each other their respective gifts."
― Marva J. Dawn, author of
 In the Beginning, God and A Royal "Waste" of Time; teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College, Vancouver

"Be enriched and encouraged as you read the words in this book, sharing its vitality with others in your communities of faith."
― Luci Shaw, from the foreword

"This book is encouraging, celebrative, and hopeful, but it is also explosive. David Taylor and his friends want very simply to make worship come alive. This conversation is critical not only for its practical suggestions about the arts but also its bracing theological framework that will help make artistic and spiritual worship the transforming experience God intends it to be."
― William Dyrness, professor of theology and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

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