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The Arts and the Christian Imagination

Essays on Art, Literature, and Aesthetics

by Clyde S Kilby

From the Publisher:

Dr. Clyde Kil­by was known to many as an ear­ly, long and effec­tive cham­pi­on of C. S. Lewis, and the founder of the Mar­i­on E. Wade Cen­ter at Wheaton Col­lege, IL, for the study of the works of Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and oth­er mem­bers of the Inklings. Less known is that Dr. Kil­by was also an apol­o­gist in his time for arts, aes­thet­ics and beau­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly among Evangelicals.

This col­lec­tion offers a sam­pler of the work of Dr. Clyde Kil­by on these themes. He writes reflec­tions under four head­ings: Chris­tian­i­ty, Art, and Aes­thet­ics”; The Voca­tion of the Artist”; Faith and the Role of the Imag­i­na­tion”; and Poet­ry, Lit­er­a­ture and the Imagination.”

With a unique voice, Kil­by writes from a spe­cif­ic lit­er­ary and philo­soph­i­cal con­text that relates art and aes­thet­ics with beau­ty, and all that is embod­ied in the clas­sics. His work is par­tic­u­lar­ly rel­e­vant today as these top­ics are being embraced by Protes­tants, Evan­gel­i­cals, and indeed peo­ple of faith from many dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions. A deeply engag­ing book for read­ers who want to look more close­ly at themes of art, aes­thet­ics, beau­ty and lit­er­a­ture in the con­text of faith.



What a great gift to read the col­lect­ed writ­ings of this gen­tle, bril­liant vision­ary, teacher and friend! I can say, like so many oth­ers, it was Clyde Kil­by who set my course in life. Like the dan­de­lions he tend­ed all win­ter, we flour­ished under his wis­dom and care. Now his remark­able words on the page act as a kind of res­ur­rec­tion. We can hear his voice again and bless his memory.”
Luci Shaw, Writer in Residence, Regent College, Author of Thumbprint in the Clay

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