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The author of the book: Leland Ryken
Date of issue: March 7th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780877884958
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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 moral character foundation.
The second part discusses the correlation between imagination, truth and art.
The third part I found the most helpful when Ryken talks about modern art, the turn art took since the enlightenment and why it's important to dive into art that our own culture produces even though it isn't "Christian" art. We do this so we can keep abreast of cultural trends so we can understand the heart of modern man. If you want to understand more deeply the soul of an era the best way is to read the literature of that era. It alone speaks to the heart of man.
The key obviously is how to balance the heart and the head simultaneously so as not to be drawn into depravity on one end and total asceticism on the other.
His book that that he edited "The Christian Imagination" and "How to Read the Bible as Literature: And Get More Out of It" are also well worth a read.
A side note: He quotes T.S. Eliot and the French critique Jaques Barzun quite often and their essays and books on art and culture and abuses thereof are enlightening as well.
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Read information about the authorDr. 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 contributions to education, writing, and the understanding of the Bible.
He is the father of Philip Graham Ryken