Aims and activities

The primary aim of Theology Through the Artsis:

  • to discover and demonstrate ways in which the arts can contribute towards the renewal of Christian theology
  • In the process, it seeks:to find ways in which the arts can contribute to a sensitive and rigorous engagement of the Church with modern and postmodern culture
  • to generate, through the arts, new methods of Christian education for use in the Church and wider community activities

The project is divided into two phases:

phase 1 (1997-2000) was concerned with four main activities (see below). Much of the work was experimental – testing the ground and gauging responses.

phase 2 (2000-2005) is carrying forward and consolidating what was found fruitful in Phase 1. It is engaging in rigorous academic research, as well as pursuing more fully the implications of ‘theology through the arts’ for the Church’s engagement with culture and for ‘grass roots’ education.

Phase 1 promoted four main activities.
conversation
Conversation between artists and theologians, designed to enable both to practise theology as they engaged with each other.

This happened in many ways, including ‘pod’ groups, interactive events and Advisory Board meetings.

teaching at the piano
Courses which taught theology through the arts take place in many different formats, in many different parts of the world.

Publications which disseminated ‘theology through the arts’ in print. These included:-

Jeremy Begbie’s book Theology, Music and Time. Published by Cambridge University Press.

Beholding the Glory- a collection of essays edited by Jeremy Begbie exploring the incarnation through seven different art forms. Published by DLT in the UK and by Baker Books in the USA.

International Arts Festival – ‘Sounding the Depths’ (Sept 2000) which drew together the main work of the project, provided fresh demonstrations of the project in action, promoted the formation of networks and communities who would pursue the project’s work in the future, and clarified the various ways in which TTA’s work should be developed.