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on 19 June 2007
As a former student of Dr Rookmaaker I was and am still grateful for the opportunity and am still in awe of his depth of scholarship,his wide ranging interests,and his humanity in general and indeed his own bravery during the Second World War when his own beloved Holand was overrun and occupied by the Nazi's.Indeed it was during his time imprisoned by the Nazi's that Rookmaaker through reading the bible became convinced of the reality of God and how God interacts with the world and the people in it.it was partly among other things his engineering background which gave him the impulse to deal intricately with many of the aspects of Art History in such a clear way.He was a man who had a rich laughter buried not so far below the surface and had a great love for Jazz and blues and spirituals in especial the African American connection.He had a very large personal collection of jazz records and published a book on the above subjectThe six volumes of the complete works include books written originally in Dutch and published in English for the first time.These six volumes are a worthy addition to any library and will especially help assist and guide the Christian and/or christian artist about his or her vocation or calling and the place of the arts in general in the christian life.They are however instructive for anyone who knows the arts and wishes to expand the length and breadth of any analysis of the arts he or she might care to make.One should read these volumes in my view with the six volumes of Dr Francis Schaeffer's complete works who was Dr Rookmaaker's friend and colleague and who together formed L'abri Fellowship which continues the work first started by them to give honest answers to honest questions that arise on the quest for living a life of meaning and purpose and a reason why that is possible in a world like this. He writes clearly and distinctively and is an antidote to much of the muddled thinking that passes for art appreciation and art history in these days.
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