A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth
by Douglas Wilson
The modern view of the world is empty and lifeless, nothing more than a bunch of matter in motion, with life by the thousandth chance emerging from chaos. The modern world, as a result, can only conceive of progress as more efficiency, more technology, more domination. In stark contrast to this, Christianity presents a glorious vision for culture, and the vision of a world with truth, beauty, and goodness built into the very molecules of the universe. Medieval and Protestant Christianity began a conversation about truth, beauty, and goodness, but secularism ended the conversation mid-sentence. Sadly many Christians, while continuing to believe in the Gospel have become just as blind to the beauty of the universe and the need for a culture in which that beauty is recognized and cultivated.
This book sketches a vision of Medieval Protestantism, covering such diverse topics as creeds, poetry, history, the church, feasting, and storytelling as they are to be found in the Christian faith alone.
In the midst of a world seemingly gone mad, Angels in the Architecture demonstrates that this peculiarly biblical worldview has actually been lived out before however imperfectly, by the medievals who have gone before us. It simultaneously holds out the promise that it may actually be lived out once again. Thus, it gives us a hopeful vision of a once and future age of light. And for that, we can all be thankful. ---George Grant, From the Preface
[A] delightful apologetic for a Protestant cultural vision. . . . before you write off these two as mere obscurantist Reformed types, take care. I found that some of my objections were, on the surface, more modern than biblical. ---Gregory Alan Thornbury, Carl F. Henry Center for Christian Leadership
[T]his book cries out against the bland, purely spiritualized Christianity to which so many of us have become accustomed.... I highly recommend it. ---David Kind, Pilgrimage, Concordia Theological Seminary --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Douglas Jones has served as senior editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine and as a senior fellow at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of the children's books Huguenot Garden, Scottish Seas, and Dutch Color, and a contributor to Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith.
Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, the editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine, and a senior fellow at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and a contributor to Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith. --This text refers to the paperback edition.