The Way of Beauty

Liturgy, Education and Inspiration for Family, School, and College

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  • Product Code: WOBP
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781621381419
  • Length: 0.6
  • Size (HxW): 9 x 6
  • Pages: 282
  • Availability: In stock
  • Publication date: March 31, 2017
  • Weight: 14 oz
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    Philosophy-Theology > The Arts-Beauty

In The Way of Beauty, David Clayton describes how a true Catholic education is both a program of liturgical catechesis and an inculturation that aims for the supernatural transformation of the person so that he can in turn transfigure the whole culture through the divine beauty of his daily action. Such enhanced activity then resonates in harmony with the common good and, through its beauty, draws all people to the Church—and ultimately to the worship of God in the Sacred Liturgy. Illustrated.

David Clayton

David Clayton is an internationally known artist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster. He moved to the US from his native England in 2009 and has been working here ever since. He is currently Provost of Pontifex University, an online Catholic education platform where he has designed their unique, inaugural program, a Masters in Sacred Arts which is a traditional formation in beauty for artists, patrons of the arts and anyone who wants to contribute creatively to the transformation of the culture in the modern world. He is also Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

He is published in many Catholic publications and journals and writes for his weekly blog, and for He wrote, co-produced and presented the 13-part TV series about traditional art and culture The Way of Beauty, shown by Catholic TV in 2010 and 2011. 

His artistic training is in both the sacred art tradition of Byzantine iconography; and as a portrait painter in the style of Western classical naturalism, which he studied in Florence, Italy. He has had prominent commissions in the UK and the United States and his work has been featured in many publications in both countries.

He has also composed over 80 tones for the psalms in English, with four-part arrangements. These have been featured in Chant Cafe, Monastic Musicians magazine, and the website of the school of liturgical music at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

On top of that, he plays the banjo in the Appalachian clawhammer style. He is available to play on those occasions when rustic old-timey banjo might be entertaining or useful (although he is rarely asked to do so).


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"Since the good, the true, and the beautiful ar e a manifestation of the Trinity, it is always a grievous fault to leave beauty out of any discussion of the relationship between faith and reason. This being so, I am thrilled at the way David Clayton illustrates how beauty stands in eternal communion with the good and the true."
— Joseph Pearce, Author, Literary Converts

"In The Way of Beauty, David Clayton offers us a mini-liberal arts education. The book is a counter-offensive against a culture that so often seems to have capitulated to a 'will to ugliness.' He shows us the power in beauty not just where we might expect it--in the visual arts and music--but in domains as diverse as math, theology, morality, physics, astronomy, cosmology, and liturgy. But more than that, his study of beauty makes clear the connection between liturgy, culture, and evangelization, and offers a way to reinvigorate our commitment to the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the twenty-first century. I am grateful for this book and hope many will take its lessons to heart."
— Jay W. Richards, Catholic University of America

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