Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts
Trevor Hart, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Jeremy Begbie, Duke University, USA
Roger Lundin, Wheaton College, USA
What have the imagination and the arts to do with theology? For much of the modern era, the answer has been, ‘not much’. It is precisely this deficit that this series seeks to redress. For, whatever role they have or have not been granted in the theological disciplines, imagination and the arts are undeniably bound dup in how we as human beings think, learn and communicate, engage with and respond to our physical and social environments and, in particular, our awareness and experience of that which transcends our own creatureliness. The arts are playing and increasingly significant role in the way people come to terms with the world; at the same time, artists of many disciplines are showing a willingness to engage with religious or theological themes. A spate of publications and courses in many educational institutions has already established this field as one of fast growing concern.
This series taps into a burgeoning intellectual concern on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The peculiar inter-disciplinarity of theology, and the growing interest in imagination and the arts in many different fields of human concern, afford the opportunity for a series which has its roots sunk in varied and diverse intellectual soils, while focused around a coherent theological question: How are imagination and the arts involved in the shaping and reshaping of our humanity as part of the creative and redemptive purposes of God, and what roles to they perform in the theological enterprise?
Many projects within the series have particular links to the work of ITIA and to the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke University.
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