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Art+Spirit: The Range of Art

by Randy Heffner

On October 25, 2011, I gave a talk as part of the Art+Spirit creative forum. This one on “The Range of Art” followed on my talk two weeks earlier on “The Power of Art.” For those who missed it or wanted to listen again, you may download the slides and an mp3 of the talk from the links below. Also, I provided some additional Amazon links to more books (not on the list from the previous session). Hope it helps. Note that, in deference to artist copyright, the slides have only thumbnails of the works, accompanied by links to where the works may be found online.


  • Slides (338 KB): right-click and “save link/file” or similar
  • Handout (26 KB): right-click and “save link/file” or similar
  • Talk (24 MB): right-click and “save link/file” or similar

Book links

Here’s another book, not on the “Power of Art” list, which I find very helpful, plus one that is on my list to read and looks promising:

And then two classics, each of which has good things to say but is only part of what should be said:

  • Art and the Bible, by Francis Schaeffer — I’ve heard some notable artists who are Christians characterize this book as good, but light.
  • Modern Art and the Death of a Culture, by Hans Rookmaaker — The book spends a lot of time finding fault with modern art, and not without reason, but keep in mind a quote from the end of the book: “Art must never be used to show the validity of Christianity. Rather the validity of art should be shown through Christianity.”


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