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More on architecture and beauty

More on architecture and beauty

A couple of other friends were kind enough to make some further suggestions following a previous post on beauty and aesthetics, particularly relating to architecture. I've added those sugestions to the previous post; here they are:

Francis Schaffer, The God who is There

Rookmaaker, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture

John Barber, The Road from Eden

G. K. Beale, The Temple and the Church's Mission

J. B. Jordan, Lectures on Architecture

Hersey, The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture

N. Wolterstorff, Art in Action

Eric O. Jacobsen, Sidewalks in the Kingdom

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