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Echoes of Eden: New Book by Jerram Barrs Looks at Christianity and the Arts
By Covenant Seminary on Monday, July 1st, 2013

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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Class Notes
[MATS] - 
Randy Rhea

After ten years as an assistant pastor of Grace Evangelical, Germantown, TN, Randy Rhea (MATS ’98) planted Trinity Presbyterian Church, Corinth, MS. This past January, Randy and his wife moved to Madison, MS where Randy is serving as the assistant pastor of Madison Heights Presbyterian. Randy and his wife Sheri have two children, Emily (12) and Walker (9).

[MDiv] - 
Michael Hall

Congratulations to Michael Hall (MDiv '00) on becoming Pastor to Students at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA. Michael has served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Kirk of the Hills, St. Louis, MO for the past seven years. Michael and his wife Kirby Hall MATS '99) have three children, McKenzie (10), Carter (9), and John Thomas (7).

[DMin] - 
Jame Hahs

After 11 years as pastor of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, Jame Hahs (DMin ‘ 06) was appointed to the position of Directing Pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, IL. He is now entering his fourth year in that position. Jame and his wife Donna live in Alton, IL.

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