How to be part of the New Evangelization - for educators and for all who are interested in a formation in beauty; and for those who want to contribute creatively to a culture of beauty and abundance - teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, parents...
The Way of Beauty - Liturgy, Education and Inspiration for Family, School and College is available from Angelico Press. This is the book that contains the ideas by which I believe we can transform the culture by beauty.
In the book, I describe how a true Catholic education is both a program of liturgical formation and an inculturation that aims for the supernatural transformation of the person so that he can in turn transfigure the whole culture through the divine beauty of his daily action. As Pope Benedict has told us, there is no human activity, no matter how mundane, that cannot be enhanced by this formation in beauty. Such enhanced activity then resonates in harmony with the common good and, through its beauty, draws all people to the Church — and ultimately to the worship of God in the Sacred Liturgy.
The Way of Beauty will be of profound interest not only to artists, architects, and composers, but also to educators, who can apply its principles in home and classroom for the formation and education of children and students of all ages and at all levels — family, homeschooling, high school, college, and university. You can order from the Angelico Press website here
Praise for the Way of Beauty:
“Since the good, the true, and the beautiful are a manifestation of the Trinity, it is always a grievous fault to leave beauty out of any discussion of the relationship between faith and reason. This being so, I am thrilled at the way David Clayton illustrates how beauty stands in eternal communion with the good and the true.”
—JOSEPH PEARCE, Aquinas College
“In spite of the great proclamation that the sacred liturgy is the font and apex of all we are about as Catholics, fifty years after the Council we still seem far from seeing and living this truth in all its fullness. Drawing upon years of experience as artist and teacher, David Clayton thoroughly unpacks this truth and shows, with an impressive range of examples, how it can and should play out every day in our schools, academic curricula, cultural endeavors, and practice of the fine arts. His treatment of the ways in which architecture, liturgy, and music reflect the mathematical ordering of the cosmos and the hierarchy of created being is illuminating and exciting. The Way of Beauty is a manifesto for the re-integration of the truth laid hold of in intellectual disciplines, the beauty aspired to in art and worship, and the good embodied in morals and manners. Ambitiously integrative yet highly practical, this book ought to be in the hands of every Catholic educator, pastor, and artist.”
—PETER KWASNIEWSKI, Wyoming Catholic College and writer for the New Liturgical Movement
“In The Way of Beauty, David Clayton offers us a mini-liberal arts education. The book is a counter-offensive against a culture that so often seems to have capitulated to a ‘will to ugliness.’ He shows us the power in beauty not just where we might expect it — in the visual arts and music — but in domains as diverse as math, theology, morality, physics, astronomy, cosmology, and liturgy. But more than that, his study of beauty makes clear the connection between liturgy, culture, and evangelization, and offers a way to reinvigorate our commitment to the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the twenty-first century. I am grateful for this book and hope many will take its lessons to heart.”
—JAY W. RICHARDS, Catholic University of America and Editor of The Stream.
“David Clayton has written an inspirational and thought-provoking book about the connections among faith, education, culture, and art. As a parent whose two daughters attend Catholic school, I found his work on formation, education, and the liturgy very interesting. As an academic, I am impressed with the research and intellectual rigor. Clayton has made an important contribution to the Catholic faith community with this book.”
—MICHAEL ROBERTO, Professor of Management, Bryant University
“Every pope who has promoted the new evangelization has spoken about how essential ‘the way of beauty’ is in engaging the modern world with the Gospel. What is it about the experience of beauty that can arrest the heart, crack it open, and stir its deepest longings, leading us on a pilgrimage to God? David Clayton’s book provides compelling answers.”
—CHRISTOPHER WEST, Founder and President of The Cor Project
“David Clayton has written a wonderful new book that highlights the centrality of beauty and art in education and human formation. He explains the deep relationship between liturgy and culture, while offering practical ways to educate a new generation of artists who can bring about what St. John Paul called a ‘new epiphany of beauty.’”
—MICHAEL MATHESON MILLER, Acton Institute, writer and presentor of PovertyCure