Art, like prayer, is always an expression of longing. Wendy Beckett




- Cameron J. Anderson, The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts, InterVarsity Press - Downers Grove, Illinois, 2016. 
- H. Brand and A. Chaplin, Art and Soul, Signposts for Christians in the Arts, Piquant – Carlisle, 2001.
- J. Couchman: The Art of Faith: A Guide to Understanding Christian Images, Paraclete Press, 2012.
- W.A. Dyrness, Visual Faith. Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue, Baker Academic – Grand Rapids, 2001
- C. Kapikian: Art in Service of the Sacred, Abingdon Press, 2006.
- H.R. Rookmaaker: Art Needs No Justification, InterVarsity Press – Leicester UK, 1978.
- A. Rosen: Art and Religion in the 21st Century. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. 
- F.A. Schaeffer: Art and the Bible, InterVarsity Press – Downers Grove, 1973.
- L. Shaw: Breath for the Bones. Art, Imagination, and Spirit, Thomas Nelson – Nashville, 2007. 
- S. Turner: Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts (revised and expanded), InterVarsity Press - Downers Grove - Illinois, 2016.
- J. Walford: Great Themes in Art, Prentice Hall – Upper Saddle River, 2002.
Christianity and visual art:
- F. Burch Brown: Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste. Oxford University Press – Oxford, 2000.
- N. Bustard (ed.): It Was Good, Making Art to the Glory of God, Square Halo Books – Baltimore, 2006 (2nd edition, revised and expanded).
- R. Caemmerer: Visual Art in the Life of the Church. Augsburg Press – Minneapolis, 1983.
- Jérôme Cottin: La mystique de l’art. Art et christianisme de 1900 à nos jours, Les Editions du Cerf - Paris, 2008.
- J. Craft: Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (Studies in Theology and the Arts), Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic/InterVarsity Press, 2018. 
- A. Crouch: Culture Making. Recovering Our Creative Calling, IVP Books – Downers Grove, Ill., 2008.
- T. Dean and D. Porter (ed.): Art in Question, Marshall Pickering – Basingstoke, 1987.
- M. L’Engle: Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, Shaw Books – Wheaton, 1980.
- L. Gasque: Art and the Christian Mind: The Life and Work of H. R. Rookmaaker. Crossway – Chicago, 2005.
- M. Hengelaar-Rookmaaker (ed.): H.R. Rookmaaker: The Complete Works 1-6, Piquant – Carlisle, 2003. 
- Nicholas Holtam: The Art of Worship: Paintings, Prayers, and Readings for Meditation, National Gallery Company – London, 2011.
- Roger Homan: The Art of the Sublime: Principles of Christian Art and Architecture, London: Routledge, 2006, 2017.
- H.J. Hornik: The Art of Christian Reflection, Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2018. 
- R.M. Jensen: The Substance of Things Seen. Art, Faith, and the Christian Community, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2004.
- Clyde S. Kilby: The Arts and the Christian Imagination: Essays on Art, Literature, and Aesthetics, Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2017.
- Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 46: Redeeming the Arts, The Restoration of the Arts to God’s Creational Intention, Issue Group Forum for World Evangelization 2004 hosted by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.
- J. Maritain: Art and Scholasticism, Sheed and Ward – London, 1933.
- J. McCullough: Sense and Spirituality: The Arts and Spiritual Formation. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2015. 
- M.R. Miles: Image as Insight: Visual Understanding in Western Christianity and Secular Culture, Beacon Press – Boston, 1985.
- R. Niebuhr: Christ and Culture, Harper & Row – New York, 1951.
- S. Prickett (ed.): The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 
- H.R. Rookmaaker: The Creative Gift: Essays on Art and the ChristianLife, Crossways - Westchester, 1981.
- P.G. Ryken: Art for God’s Sake. A Call to Recover the Arts, P&R Publishing – Phillipsburg, 2006.
- D.L. Sayers: The Mind of the Maker, Harper San Francisco, 1987.
- C. Seerveld: Rainbows for the Fallen World, Toronto Tuppence Press – Toronto, 1980.
- C. Seerveld: Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art. Piquant – Carlysle, 1998.
- B. Spackman: A Profound Weakness. Christians and Kitsch, Piquant – Carlisle, 2005.
- J.E. Taylor: What Did Jesus Look Like? Edinburgh: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2018.
- D. Thistlethwaite: The Art of God and the Religions of Art, Paternoster, 1998.
- S. Turner: Imagine. A Vision for Christians in the Arts, InterVarsity Press – Downers Grove, 2001.
- G.E. Veith jr.: State of the Arts; From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe, Crossway Books – Wheaton, 1991.
- K. Walker: Images or Idols?: The Place of Sacred Art in Churches Today, The Canterbury Press – Norwich, 1996.
- G. Wolfe: Intruding upon the Timeless. Meditations on Art, Faith, and Mystery, Square Halo Books – Baltimore, 2003.
- G. Wolfe: The Operation of Grace: Further Essays on Art, Faith, and Mystery. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2015. 
- N. Wolterstorff: Art in Action, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 1980.
- N. Wolterstorff: Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art, Oxford University Press, 2015.
- Lambert Zuidervaart: Art, Education, and Cultural Renewal: Essays in Reformational Philosophy, Montreal, Quebec/Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. 
Art and religion:
- A. Alexandrova: Breaking Resemblance: The Role of Religious Motifs in Contemporary Art, Fordham University Press - New York, 2017. 
- Gretchen Buggeln, Crispin Paine, and S. Brent Plate, eds: Religion in Museums: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. 
- Frank Burch Brown (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 
- James Elkins, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art, Routledge – New York and London, 2004.
- G. Graham: Philosophy, Art, and Religion: Understanding Faith and Creativity, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Ena Heller: Reluctant Partners: Art and Religion in Dialogue, Museum of Biblical Art – New York, 2006.
- Johannes Rauchenberger: Gott hat kein Museum, No Museum has God. Religion in der Kunst des beginnenden XXI. Jahrhunderts/Religion in Art in the Early 21st Century, Schöningh Verlag – Paderborn, 2015.
- A. Rosen: Art and Religion in the 21st Century, London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. 
- A. Rosen: Encounters: The Art of Interfaith Dialogue (Arts and the Sacred), Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2018. 
- A. Rosen: Brushes with Faith: Reflections and Conversations on Contemporary Art. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2019. 
- Gregory Wolfe: Beauty Will Save the World, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011.
Art and theology:
- J.S. Begbie, Voicing Creation’s Praise. Towards a Theology of the Arts, T&T Clark – Edinburgh, 1991.
- J.S. Begbie (ed.): Beholding the Glory. Incarnation through the Arts, Darton, Longman and Todd – London, 2000.
- J.S. Begbie: A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections on Theology and the Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2018.
- J.S. Begbie: Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2018.
- R.R. Bernier, The Unspeakable Art of Bill Viola, A Visual Theology, Pickwick Publications, 2014. 
- Carnes, Natalie. Image and Presence: A Christological Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia (Encountering Traditions). Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 2017. 
- Sarah Covington and Kathryn Reklis, eds. Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts. New York: Routledge, 2020. 
- J. Craft: Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (Studies in Theology and the Arts), Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic/InterVarsity Press, 2018. 
- J. Dillenberger, A Theology of Artistic Sensibilities, SCM – London, 1987.
- W.A. Dyrness, Visual Faith. Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue, Baker Academic – Grand Rapids, 2001.
- W.A. Dyrness: Reformed Theology and Visual Culture. The Protestant Imagination from Calvin to Edwards, Cambridge University Press – Cambridge, 2004.
- William Dyrness: Poetic Theology, God and the Poetics of Everyday Life, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2011.
- W.A. Dyrness: The Origins of Protestant Aesthetics in Early Modern Europe: Calvin's Reformation Poetics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- J. Cheryl Exum: Art as Biblical Commentary: Visual Criticism from Hagar the Wife of Abraham to Mary the Mother of Jesus (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies). Edinburgh: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2019.
- P.C. Finney (ed.): Seeing Beyond the Word: Visual Arts and the Calvinist Tradition, Eerdmans, 1999.
- B. Forte: The Portal of Beauty: Towards a Theology of Aesthetics, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2008.
- J. De Gruchy: Christianity, Art, and Transformation: Theological Aesthetics in the Struggle for Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- J.F. Hamburger and A-M. Bouche (ed.): The Mind’s Eye: Art and Theological Argument in the Middle Ages. Princeton University Press – Princeton, 2006.
- R. Harries: Art and the Beauty of God: A Christian Understanding, Mowbray, 1993.
- Trevor Hart: Making Good: Creation, Creativity, and Artistry, Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2014. 
- Bridget Heal: A Magnificent Faith: Art and Identity in Lutheran Germany, Oxford University Press, 2017. 
- Robin M. Jensen: The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2017. 
- Mark C. Mattes: Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal, Ada, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017.
- A. Nichols: The Art of God Incarnate: Theology and Image in Christian Tradition. Darton, Lougman and Todd – London, 1980.
- H. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, DLT – London, 1994.
- P. Jothen: Kierkegaard, Aesthetics, and Selfhood: The Art of Subjectivity (Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts). New York: Routledge, 2018, 2014. 
- W. David O. Taylor: The Theater of God’s Imagination: Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical Arts (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies), Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2017.
- G. E. Thiessen: Theological Aesthetics, A Reader, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2005.
- H. Urs von Balthasar: The Glory of the Lord: a Theological Aesthetics, Ignatius Press – San Francisco, 2003.
- Timothy Verdon: The Ecumenism of Beauty, Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2017. 
- R. Viladesau, Theology and the Arts: Encountering God Through Music, Art, and Rhetoric, Paulist Press – Mahwah, NJ, 2000. 
- R. Viladesau: The Pathos of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts—The Baroque Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 
- J.M. Watkins: Creativity as Sacrifice: Toward a Theological Model for Creativity in the Arts. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2015.
Art and/in the church:
- The Great Book of Contemporary Stained Glass, Glanzlichter der Welt • Lumières du Monde • Lights of the World (text in German, French and English), Centre international du Vitrail – Chartres, 2016.
- Sandra Bowden and Marianne Lettieri. Seeing the Unseen: Launching and Managing a Church Gallery. Madison, Wisconsin: Christians in the Visual Arts, 2015. 
- F. Burch Brown: Inclusive Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully, The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies/Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2009.
- N. Chinn and D. Philippart, Spaces for Spirit: Adorning the Church, Liturgy Training Publications – Chicago, 1998.
- Lisa DeBoer, Visual Arts in the Worshiping Church (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies). Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2016. 
- W.A. Dyrness, Visual Faith. Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue, Baker Academic – Grand Rapids, 2001.
- W.A. Dyrness, Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship, Cascade Books, 2008.
- G. Graham: Philosophy, Art, and Religion: Understanding Faith and Creativity, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- R.M. Jensen:  The Substance of Things Seen:  Art, Faith, and the Christian Community, Eerdmans Publishing - Grand Rapids, 2004. 
- C. Kapikian: Art in Service of the Sacred, Abingdon Press, 2006.
- Jonathan Koestlé-Cate: Art and the Church: A Fractious Embrace: Ecclesiastical Encounters with Contemporary Art. London: Routledge, 2016. 
- A. Rosen (ed.): Religion and Art in the Heart of Modern Manhattan: St. Peter’s Church and the Louise Nevelson Chapel. London: Routledge, 2015. 
- John E. Skillen: Putting Art (Back) in Its Place, Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016.
D. Sokolove: Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation between Artists, Theologians, and the Church, Wipf & Stock/Cascade Books – Eugene, 2013.
- David Taylor (ed.): For the Beauty of the Church, Baker Books, 2010.
- W. David O. Taylor and Taylor Worley (eds.): Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds (Studies in Theology and the Arts), Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Academic, 2017. 
- W. David O. Taylor: Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2019.  
- Timothy Verdon: Kunst im Leben der Kirche, Eine 2000-jährige Beziehung, Schnell & Steiner – Regensburg, 2011.
Contemporary culture:
- R. Hughes: Shock of the New: The Life and Death of Modern Art. Knopf – New York, 1981.
- S. Scott: Like a House on Fire; Renewal of the Arts in a Postmodern Culture, Cornerstone Press – Chicago, 1997.
- G.E. Veith jr.: Postmodern Times. A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, Crossway Books – Wheaton, Ill., 1994.
Contemporary Christian art:
- Ned Bustard, Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups, Baltimore, Maryland: Square Halo Books, 2016. 
- Alastair Gordon: God Art: Signs of Faith in Contemporary Art, London: Morphē Arts, 2017.
- Kevin Hamilton (ed.): Tim Lowly. Trying to Get a Sense of Scale, North Park University, 2013.
- Richard Harries: The Image of Christ in Modern Art, Ashgate - London, 2013.
- P.C. Pongracz and W. Roosa: The Next Generation, Contemporary Expressions of Faith, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids and Museum of Biblical Art, New York, 2005.
- T.L. Prescott (ed.): A Broken Beauty, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2005.
- J. Romaine: Objects of Grace; Conversations on Creativity and Faith, Square Halo Books – Baltimore, 2002.
Art History:
- N. Billingsley: The Visionary Art of William Blake: Christianity, Romanticism and the Pictorial Imagination (Library of Modern Religion). London: I.B. Tauris, 2018.
- P. and T. Clowney: Exploring Churches, Lion Publishing – Herts UK, 1982.
- Jérôme Cottin: La mystique de l’art. Art et christianisme de 1900 à nos jours, Les Editions du Cerf - Paris, 2008.
- Jane Dillenberger: Style and content in Christian Art, 2nd ed. SCM – London, 1986.
- J.W. Dixon Jr.: The Christ of Michelangelo: An Essay on Carnal Spirituality, Scholars Press – Atlanta, 1994.
- J. Drury: Painting the Word. Christian Pictures and their Meaning, Yale University Press – New Haven and London, 1999.
- W.A. Dyrness: Rouault: a Vision of Suffering and Salvation, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 1971.
- C. Edwards: Van Gogh and God, Loyola University Press – Chicago, 1989.
-  M. Gaudio: The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England: Little Gidding and the pursuit of scriptural harmony (Visual Culture in Early Modernity). London: Routledge, 2016. 
- Michaela Giebelhausen: Painting the Bible: Representation and Belief in Mid-Victorian Britain, London: Routledge, 2006, 2017. 
- C. Grewe: Painting the Sacred in the Age of Romanticism, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2009.
- M.B. Hall: The Sacred Image in the Age of Art. Titian, Tintoretto, Barocci, El Greco, Caravaggio, Yale University Press, 2011.
- J.F. Hamburger: Nuns As Artists: The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent, University of California Press – Berkeley, 1997.
- R. Harries: The Passion in Art, Ashgate – Aldershot, 2004.
- R. Harries: The Image of Christ in Modern Art, Ashgate - London, 2013.
- Bridget Heal: A Magnificent Faith: Art and Identity in Lutheran Germany, Oxford University Press, 2017. 
- P. Hills: Veiled Presence: Body and Drapery from Giotto to Titian. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2018. 
- Robin Jensen, Understanding Early Christian Art, Routledge New York, 2000.
- Robin M. Jensen: The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2017. 
- Robin M. Jensen and Mark D. Ellison, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art (Routledge Handbooks). New York: Routledge, 2018.
- R. Kasl (ed.): Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2010.
- N. MacGregor and E. Langmuir: Seeing Salvation. Images of Christ in Art, BBC Worldwide Ltd – London, 2000.
- T.F. Mathews: The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art, Princeton University Press - Princeton, 1993.
- S. Miller: The Word Made Visible in the Painted Image: Perspective, Proportion, Witness and Threshold in Italian Renaissance Painting. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. 
- Ambra Moroncini: Michelangelo’s Poetry and Iconography in the Heart of the Reformation, London: Routledge, 2017. 
- P. Murray and L. Murray: The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture, Oxford University Press – New York, paperback edition, 1998.
- A. Nagel: Michelangelo and the Reformation of Art. Toronto: Cambridge University Press – Cambridge, 2000.
- J. Pelikan: The Illustrated Jesus Through the Centuries, Yale University Press, 1997.
- K. Powers Erickson: At Eternity’s Gate: The Spiritual Vision of Vincent van Gogh, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 1998.
- J. Romaine (ed): Art as Spiritual Perception, Essays in Honor of E. John Walford, Crossway – Wheaton, Ill, 2012.
- James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill, eds: Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art, University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, 2017.
- H.R. Rookmaaker: Modern Art and the Death of a Culture, Crossways Books – Westchester, 1994 [1970].
- G. Schiller: Iconography of Christian Art. 2 vols. New York: Graphic Society, 1971, 1972.
- C. Spretnak: The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 
- James Romaine and Linda Stratford (ed.): ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art , Cascade Books, 2014.
- R. Rosenblum: Modern Art and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to Rothko, Thames and Hudson – London, 1975.
- V. van Gogh: The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Penguin - London, 1997.
- T.G. Verdon (ed.): Monasticism and the Arts, Syracuse University Press - Syracuse, 1984.
- T.G. Verdon and J. Henderson: Christianity and the Renaissance: Image and Imagination in the Quattrocento, Syracuse University Press – Syracuse, 1990.
- T.G. Verdon et. al: Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea. New York: Scala Arts Publishers, 2014. 
- J. Walford: Great Themes in Art, Prentice Hall – Upper Saddle River, 2002.
- A. Wessels: ‘A Kind of Bible’: Vincent van Gogh as Evangelist, SCM – London, 2000.
- K.J. White: Masperpieces of the Bible. Insights into Classical Art of Faith, Baker – Grand Rapids, 1997.   
- L. Martin, Sacred Doorways: A Beginner's Guide to Icons, Paraclete Press - Brewster MA, 2002.
- F. Matthewes-Green: The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer, Paraclete Press – Brewster, MA, 2008.
- H. Nouwen: Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with the Icons, Ave Maria Press, 2008.
- L. Ouspensky and Vladimir Lossky: The Meaning of Icons, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press – New York, 1999.
- Thomas Barrie, Julio Bermudez, and Phillip James Tabb (eds.). Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality. London: Routledge, 2015. 
- Susannah Charlton, Elain Harwood, and Clare Price, eds.: 100 Churches, 100 Years. Batsford, Gloucestershire, England: Batsford/Pavilion Books, 2019. 
- E. Heathcote and L. Moffatt: Contemporary Church Architecture, Chichester, England; Wiley-Academy – Hoboken, NJ, 2007.
- K. Jordan and Ayla Lepine, eds.: Modern Architecture and Religious Communities 1850–1970, New York: Routledge, 2018.
- R. Kieckhefer: Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley, Oxford University Press, 2004.
- P. Murray and L. Murray: The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture. Oxford University Press – New York, paperback edition, 1998.
- James Pallister: Sacred Spaces: Contemporary Religious Architecture. London: Phaidon Press, 2015. 
- M.A. Torgerson: An Architecture of Immanence: Architecture for Worship and Ministry Today, Eerdmans – Grand Rapids, 2007.
- J.F. White: Protestant Worship and Church Architecture: Theological and Historical Considerations, Wipf & Stock Publishers – Eugene OR. 2003.
ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 300 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Das Münster, Zeitschrift für christliche Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Verlag Schnell and Steiner, Leibnizstraße 13D-93055 Regensburg. 
Faith and Form: Journal of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, 3220 N Street NW, Suite 164, Washington, DC 20007.
Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, P.0. Box 3000, Denville, NJ 07834.
Radix, P. 0. Box 4307, Berkeley, CA 94704. 
Transfiguration: Nordic Journal of Religion and the Arts (Danish), a collaboration of the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen and the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. Transfiguration is a forum for discussions about the relationship between art forms and Christianity in the European tradition from the early Church until today. Church art is an important field of study for Transfiguration, but the aim is broader than that and also includes artistic expressions that do not contain explicit Christian religious matter. (Dan, E) 
For more extensive English reading lists, click here
For a German reading list, click here
For a French reading list, click here
For a Dutch reading list, click here