Religion: Esthetic Piety

Can literature help the common man heavenward? It did once, when art was worshipful. Last week The Christian Century considered the state of the church's once potent ally, religious drama. Much U. S. Protestant church drama, complained Professor Fred Eastman of Chicago Theological Seminary, is of low quality. There has been improvement in recent years. But U. S. churches must strive for results comparable to those of the religious dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; or the Canterbury Cathedral play written four years ago by John Masefield, with music by Gustav Holst....

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