Quality is the first norm for art, but its final norm is love and truth, the enriching of human life, the deepening of our vision.


Thistlethwaite, David: The Art of God

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David Thistlethwaite, The Art of God and the Religions of Art, Solway, 1999 / Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2008.
The Art of God is both a ‘personal aesthetic theory’ (Nigel Halliday) and a historical account of the relationship between Christianity and art in the tradition of Rookmaaker.

The theory accounts for art’s place in the scheme of things by looking at the Creation (Genesis). It argues that art is not just aesthetic, but a form of knowing. Even the decorative arts are ways in which we find and express our state of being in the world, as humans both part of and yet also above nature. (A great building uses the languages of nature to express more than nature: our aspirations as humans.)