The book begins by providing a history of the Nineteenth century and its impact on the culture of modern times. The perception of art began to change at this time as the Church began to see it as a method of worshipping God.
Francis Schaffer argued for art glorifying God and said, “We do not seem to understand that the arts too are supposed to be under the lordship of Christ.” This shift in thinking was a catalyst for the creation of large organizations that supported the creation of Christian art.
The Religious Education Association and other universities, organizations, and other schools promoted the use of art in the Christian culture. One area of this shift in thinking was in theatre and music.
“(T)he church is beginning to learn that there is a tremendous potential force in the dramatic presentation of religious themes, and it purposes that men shall see as well as hear them.”
The Church began to realize that although performing art were previously a very secular area, they could be used to reach the culture in a unique and powerful way. Additionally, the growth of Christian music has led to the current popularity of contemporary Christian music and worship.