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God, Beauty and the Imagination

  • Course Dates: Mon 18 May 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 May 2020, 2:00 pm

The aim of this course is to explore how God, beauty and the imagination have found expression in art, literature and music and how these themes have been reflected in theology.

In so doing the module will provide an introduction to some major art-historical epochs and subjects and examine how artists have engaged with and have rendered Christian dogmas, such as the life, death and resurrection of Christ, the Trinity, Mary, the church etc through various means from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. How to interpret works of art, literature and music from a theological perspective will be a central feature in the course.

Students will read and discuss relevant writings by contemporary and past theologians relating to themes in theological aesthetics, such as imagination, beauty, divine revelation, truth and meaning, and artistic forms as a locus theologicus.

Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.

Contact Alex Weir for all booking enquiries
aweir@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

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Mon 18 May 2020, 2:00 pm
Thu 21 May 2020, 2:00 pm
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Beth Dodd is Director of Studies for the Centre for Formation in Ministry and Associate Coordinator of the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College. She teaches doctrine, church history and theology, arts and culture, and published on theology and literature. Colin Greene is the Coordinator for the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture and Programme Leader for the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture. His interests include biblical hermeneutics and the intersection of theology and contemporary culture. Guest lecturers to be confirmed.
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