Theology and the Arts
This subject addresses the role of the arts as integral to Christian theology and life, both in classical and popular understanding, by exploring the ways in which theology and the arts mutually interpret each other to give a broader understanding of human life and of God. Attention is given to the role in theology, worship, and discipleship of the verbal, visual, performing and fine arts. Selected genres including, for example, literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, music, drama/theatre, architecture, photography and film are explored. The relationship between aesthetics and religious experience in the context of worship and discipleship, and the role of media and culture in the Christian Church, are also addressed.
Semester 2 every even year
On site at St Francis College Milton
Viladesau, Richard. Theology and the Arts: Encountering God through Music, Art and Rhetoric. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.
2 x Response/Reflection Papers 30%
Subject Forum Participation 20%
Major Essay/Project 50%
This subject will cover the following topics:
Culture, Christianity and the Arts
Theological and methodological considerations in the production and interpretation of art
Aesthetics and religious experience
The church and the arts
Ancient and contemporary global art forms: various and/or specific, e.g., film, music, architecture, theatre, photography and video, installations, literature, poetry
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between aesthetics and religious experience and expression;
be able to discuss critically the use of various and/or specific artistic media in the history of Christianity;
be able to discuss critically the contextual and theoretical frameworks within various and/or specific forms of art;
be able to apply theological interpretation to various and/or specific forms of art; and
be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.