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Start Date

21-9-2021 1:00 PM

End Date

21-9-2021 2:00 PM

Keywords

preaching a poetry, christian aesthetics

Description

There is something almost surreal about Christianity. At its heart is a string of incredible claims — a God who becomes human; a crucified God who is raised from the dead; a cosmic Creator who knows everything about us and yet loves us, forgives us, and promises to wipe away every tear. Is it any wonder, then, that the Church has been an incubator of the imagination, a wellspring for the arts? If orthodoxy is generous because it has something to offer the world, one of those gifts is an ability to imagine the world otherwise. The Chalcedonian orthodoxy that dares to imagine the mystery of the God-man is the orthodoxy that underwrites an entire artistic tradition that speaks to human hungers. This lecture will consider how and why the Spirit speaks to us in songs and poems, painting portraits of a world we couldn’t otherwise imagine — and why the arts are a conduit of hope in a culture of despair.

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep

Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

People in this Resource (separated by commas)

Richard Bauckham, Rod Jellema

Submission Cost

Free

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Sep 21st, 1:00 PM Sep 21st, 2:00 PM

The Art of Hope: Imagining Another World in a World That Breaks Our Hearts

There is something almost surreal about Christianity. At its heart is a string of incredible claims — a God who becomes human; a crucified God who is raised from the dead; a cosmic Creator who knows everything about us and yet loves us, forgives us, and promises to wipe away every tear. Is it any wonder, then, that the Church has been an incubator of the imagination, a wellspring for the arts? If orthodoxy is generous because it has something to offer the world, one of those gifts is an ability to imagine the world otherwise. The Chalcedonian orthodoxy that dares to imagine the mystery of the God-man is the orthodoxy that underwrites an entire artistic tradition that speaks to human hungers. This lecture will consider how and why the Spirit speaks to us in songs and poems, painting portraits of a world we couldn’t otherwise imagine — and why the arts are a conduit of hope in a culture of despair.