Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life (Studies In Theology And The Arts Series)
:We are, each one of us, situated in a particular place. As embodied creatures, as members of local communities and churches, as people who live in a specific location in the world, we all experience the importance of place....
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:We are, each one of us, situated in a particular place. As embodied creatures, as members of local communities and churches, as people who live in a specific location in the world, we all experience the importance of place. But what role does place play in the Christian life and how might our theology of place be cultivated? In this Studies in Theology and the Arts volume, Jennifer Allen Craft argues that the arts are a significant form of placemaking in the Christian life. The arts, she contends, place us in time, space, and community in ways that encourage us to be fully and imaginatively present in a variety of contexts: the natural world, our homes, our worshiping communities, and society. In so doing, the arts call us to pay attention to the world around us and invite us to engage in responsible practices in those places. Through this practical theology of the arts, Craft shows how the arts can help us by cultivating our theological imagination, giving shape to the Christian life, and forming us more and more into the image of Christ.
Jennifer Allen Craft (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is assistant professor of humanities and theology at Point University in West Point, Georgia.
- Introduction: Art, Place, And Christian Life In The World
- 1. Why Place? Why Art?
- 2. Cultivating Responsible Relationships: The Arts And The Natural World
- 3. Hospitality And Homecoming: The Arts And The Home
- 4. Divine Presence And Sense Of Place: The Arts And The Church
- 5. Imagining God’s Kingdom: The Arts And Society
- 6. A Placed Theology Of The Arts: Cultivating Theological Imagination And Sense Of Place
- Image Credits
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index