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Modern Art and the Death of a Culture

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780891077992


This disturbing but illuminating classic is a brilliant perspective on the cultural turmoil of the radical sixties and its impact on today's world, especially as reflected in the art of the time. Rookmaaker's enduring analysis looks at modern art in a broad historical, social, and philosophical context, laying bare the despair and nihilism that pervade our era. He also shows the role Christian artists can play in proclaiming truth through their work.

Rookmaaker's brilliant articulation of faith and scholarship is insightful and inspiring. The book moves freely and with a sense of urgency between the worlds of high culture, popular art and music, and Christian faith.

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Key Features

  • Addresses a pressing issue in Christian philosophical and practical apologetics
  • Features a top apologist in his speaking from his expertise
  • Argues for and supports a worldview grounded in the authority of the Bible


  • The message in the medium
  • The roots of contemporary culture
  • The first step to modern art
  • The second step to modern art
  • The last steps to modern art
  • Into the new era
  • Modern art and the twentieth-century revolt
  • Protest, revolution and the Christian response
  • Faith and art

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About H. R. Rookmaaker

H. R. Rookmaaker (1922–1977) grew up in the Dutch East Indies. As a young man in wartime Holland, he was interned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets and became a Christian during that time. In 1948 a lifelong friendship with Francis Schaeffer began. In 1959 Rookmaaker published his doctoral thesis on the artist Gauguin, and in 1965 he was invited to the chair of Art History at the Free University of Amsterdam. Rookmaaker was also highly respected as a jazz critic.

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