I am reading a good book called, Apologetics for a New Generation . Each chapter is written by a different person. It has a lot of interesting things to think upon.
I like how they discuss beauty. I have read similar things in other books. This quote was interesting:
"When the Word became flesh, we beheld His glory. Thank God He did not appear as so many utilitarian churches appear today! ON their good days, the followers of Jesus Christ burst with beauty and romance. We created Rococo and Gothic art and architecture. Whenever Christianity begins to fade, men begin to become severe, harsh, and practical. ..........Every year of communism saw ever more severe and practical concrete flats being foisted on colorful Saint Petersburg....."
Perhaps it is true that the closer a society is to the truths of the word the more artistic it is....I am not sure. Europe in the past did create lots of art and music and books and the Muslim world pales in comparison so it may be a valid point.