Is a picture worth a thousand words? If it is, a film must be worth even more. Discerning God's beauty through the arts and film is an exciting venture, considering the prevalence of these in the culture around us. So what are the tools that can help us discern that beauty? How can we unpick the themes and messages of contemporary and classical arts and film to know God more? And how can we utilise the arts and film in our ministries to enable others towards richer growing experiences of faith?
These are the questions that THL322 Theology The Arts and Film will tackle in second semester 2018. Sure it's a way off but planning ahead is a good idea, especially if you want to encourage a group of friends to do the subject with you!
This subject will convene at St Francis College on a weeknight in second semester to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the learning and fun. You can audit the subject so there are no assignments or do the subject in its fullest form and learn even more.
Contact the college on 07 3514 7403 to find out more.
Oh and here's some of the detail from the subject outline if that helps ...
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, the arts and film 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, dance/mime, drama/theatre, architecture, photography and film are addressed in-depth. The relationships between aesthetics and religious experience in the context of worship and discipleship, and the role of media and culture in the Christian Church will also be addressed.
On successful completion of this subject, students will
- be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between aesthetics and religious experience in the context of worship and discipleship
- be able to develop and use artistic resources in the planning and coordination of a worship activity
- be able to discuss critically the use of various artistic media in the history of Christianity
- be able to discuss critically the relationship between film, theology and culture
- Watch some great films!