The Christian Imagination
Is there such a thing as a Christian imagination? Is it just a private matter or does it have a public role? In what ways is it shaped by biblical and theological teaching? How does it relate to our experience of reality – a world of beauty and brokenness, of glory and degradation? And is it capable of challenging and re-shaping that reality?
This course explores creativity and the imagination in the light of an ancient practice of the Church. In the liturgy for Ash Wednesday, the minister marks the believer’s head with a cross of ashes and says, ‘Remember that you are dust. Repent and believe the Good News’. It reminds Christians that they are creatures made in the image of God, that they live in solidarity with a fallen world, and that their hope of glory is cross-shaped. Our discussion of the creative imagination will focus on this powerful Ash Wednesday statement about the human condition.
As well as lectures and discussions there will also be opportunity for direct engagement with a number of different art forms, presentations by working artists, and the student’s own exercise of the creative imagination – which will culminate in making and sharing with the class some work of their own.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Winter 2021. Recordings of each class will be made available on the course Moodle site for 48 hours after the class. If you are not able to attend the live sessions due to living in a distant time zone, you may appeal to the Senior Academic Administrator for permission to take the course by using the recordings.