It is often argued, even by those who want a culture of beauty, that beauty is neglected because it has no utility. In fact when one begins with a right anthropology and takes into account man's spiritual needs as well as his material needs, then we can see that it does have a purpose and without a culture of beauty the prospects of true human flourishing are greatly diminished. Furthermore, because the spiritual and the material cannot be separated, beauty is a signpost that directs us to the route of a superabundant and properous life by any measure, including the economic. Building on this, Clayton argues for the necessity for the development of a culture of beauty; and by drawing on the lessons of history, points to how we might achieve it today.
- David Clayton, The Way of Beauty: Liturgy, Education and Inspiration for Family, School and College (Angelico Press, 2015) This book articulates the hypothesis of the presentation in greater detail.
- David Clayton and Leila Lawler, The Little Oratory, A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home (Sophia Institute Press, 2014) This book presents the spiritual life in a form that can be adopted by families in the home that would lead we hope, to a family culture that might help in turn to transform society.
- Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est; Caritas in Veritate (Link here) For a theological description of the nature of personal relationships from which a just society emerges.
- Noris Clarke, The One and the Many & Person and Being (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001) For a philosophical understanding of how unity emerges in society throught the relational aspect of being; also for a discussion on the nature of the transcendental properties of being: the good, the true, the beautiful (the one, the other).
- John Paul II, Centessimus Annus (Link here) For a theological description of the connection between personal beliefs and the economic system and culture in society as a whole.
- Jean Corbon, The Wellspring of Worship (Ignatius Press, 2005) For a description of the connection between culture, economics and the supernatural transformation of man through Christ in the liturgy.