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Echoes of Eden: New Book by Jerram Barrs Looks at Christianity and the Arts

Echoes of Eden: New Book by Jerram Barrs Looks at Christianity and the Arts

From comic books to summer blockbusters, all people enjoy art in some form or another. However, few of us can effectively explain why certain books, movies, and songs resonate so profoundly within us. In Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts (Crossway, 2013), Jerram Barrs, professor of Christianity and contemporary culture and resident scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute, helps us identify the significance of artistic expression as it reflects the extraordinary creativity and unmatched beauty of the Creator God.

Additionally, Barrs provides the key elements for evaluating and defining great art:

1. The glory of the original creation;

2. The tragedy of the curse of sin; and

3. The hope of final redemption and renewal.

These three qualifiers are then put to the test as Professor Barrs investigates five of the world’s most influential authors—C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, William Shakespeare, and Jane Austen—who serve as ideal case studies for exploring the foundations and significance of great art.

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