Our Calling & God's Hand in History (#06 in Rookmaaker Series)
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Henderik Roelof "Hans" Rookmaaker (1922–1977) was a Dutch Christian scholar, professor, and author who wrote and lectured on art theory, art history, music, philosophy, and religion. Throughout his career, he lectured in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, as well as in his native Netherlands.
In 1948 he met Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and became a member of L'Abri in Switzerland. Hans and his wife Anky opened a Dutch branch of L'Abri in 1971. In 1962, he wrote a book for fellow church members titled Kunst en Amusement (Art and Amusement). The book was an invitation for Christians to begin taking art seriously.
His main thesis was laid out in his 1970 publication entitled Modern Art and The Death of Culture. Two books by Rookmaaker were published posthumously: Art Needs No Justification in 1978 and The Creative Gift : Essays on Art and the Christian Life in 1981. In 2003 The Complete Works of Hans Rookmaaker, edited by his daughter Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker, was published