God in the Painted Caves: Prehistoric Art & the Quest for Meaning
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Our free summer Evening Public Lectures feature a wide range of professors, both guests and Regent regulars. Enjoy delving deep into a pressing issue with a wise guide; then brave the mic to ask your burning question. Better (and cheaper) than a night at the movies.
Due to closure of the College related to Covid-19, all of our Summer 2020 lectures will be streamed online.
Lecture Description: It’s an extraordinary thing to descend deep underground through dark and narrow passageways and stand in front of an image that was painted during the Ice Age. Tens of thousands of years before the dawn of what we think of as civilization—the building of the pyramids in Egypt, the flowering of philosophy in Greece—someone was busy here creating a stunning work of art. In this session we’ll explore some of the amazing paintings and carvings made by our ancient ancestors and consider the extent to which, from the very beginning, art and the religious quest went hand in hand.
Iwan Russell-Jones is the Eugene and Jan Peterson Associate Professor of Theology and the Arts at Regent College. Iwan has over 25 years of experience as a producer and director for the BBC, in both television and radio. He produced documentaries that include The Crucified King (BBC1 2003) and American Prophet (BBC2 2008), which explore the religious dimensions of Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership of the civil rights movement; and Who Do You Say I Am? (BBC1 2007), which features poet Michael Symmons Roberts reflecting on the contemporary meaning of the life of Christ. In addition, Dr. Russell-Jones has had the privilege of working with South African activist and Christian cleric, Dr. Desmond Tutu; Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury; and leading Christian apologists and authors, Malcolm and Kitty Muggeridge. With the help of a team of students from Regent College he recently directed a film presented by Prof. Loren Wilkinson called Making Peace with Creation (2016).
Questions can be submitted by emailing [email protected] during the lecture.