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.


Seerveld, Calvin: Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves

Book Info

Calvin Seerveld: Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves. Alternative Steps in Understanding Art, Piquant Editions – Carlisle, 2000.
What does it mean for Christians today to be obedient to God in making and performing, recording and supporting, evaluating and understanding the arts? Seasoned guidelines by a key Christian thinker and teacher of philosophical aesthetics.

Seerveld’s 'Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves' is written out of a passionate concern for the isolation of the Christian artist and out of a desire to stir the vision of the wider Christian community to make space for the artists in their midst. As his own olive branch, Seerveld extends his practical wisdom on how to move forward.
E. John Walford, Professor of Art Historry, Wheaton College, Illinois

Few have done as much in the last twenty years as Calvin Seerveld to put the arts firmly on the agenda of the Church. He has refused to let us off the intellectual hook, insisting that we press the implications of the gospel into every corner of the arts world.
Jeremy Begbie, Theology Through the Arts, Cambridge & St Andrews, UK

'Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves' is Vintage Serveld. It is a passionate and biblical plea for Christians to take the arts as seriously as they would other gifts of God, not as a mere tool for evangelism but as an authentic expression of human life in a broken yet redeemed world.
Adrienne Chaplin, Professor of Philosophical Aesthetics, Institute of Christian Studies, Toronto

Special Features:
Original approach to questions such as What is beauty? Is art a luxury or a necessity? What are the main trends in modern and postmodern art and how can Christian viewers and artists respond redemptively to them?