Some critics of contemporary culture suggest that we cannot have a culture of beauty if we also have thriving capitalism, mass production and industrialization. Using many examples of art and architecture past and present, Clayton argues that it is man's understanding of the nature of the human person, of the cosmos and ultimately of God that are the most profound influences on the forms of the culture, for good or ill. Once we get these right, he suggests, far from stifling the growth of a culture of beauty, the free economy can be the most powerful instrument for its propagation.
- David Clayton, The Way of Beauty: Liturgy, Education and Inspiration for Family, School and College (Angelico Press, 2015) This articulates the hypothesis of the presentation in greater detail
- 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.
- Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy; Sing A New Song (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1996) For a description of the connection between liturgy and culture.
- 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.
- Roger Scruton, How to be a Conservative (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2014) For an ecumenical account of most of the above.