access_time6.45pm - 9.00pm
The Art of Hope: Imagining Another World in a World That Breaks Our Hearts
There is something almost surreal about Christianity. At its heart is a string of incredible claims—a God who becomes human; a crucified God who is raised from the dead; a cosmic Creator who knows everything about us and yet loves us, forgives us, and promises to wipe away every tear. Is it any wonder, then, that the Church has been an incubator of the imagination, a wellspring for the arts? If orthodoxy is generous because it has something to offer the world, one of those gifts is an ability to imagine the world otherwise. The Chalcedonian orthodoxy that dares to imagine the mystery of the God-man is the orthodoxy that underwrites an entire artistic tradition that speaks to human hungers. This lecture will consider how and why the Spirit speaks to us in songs and poems, painting portraits of a world we couldn’t otherwise imagine—and why the arts are a conduit of hope in a culture of despair.
6:45 doors open
8:00 break, followed by Q & A
‘Generous Orthodoxy’ is a phrase increasingly common in the church today. This series of public lectures, is part of a project to help explore this approach to theology which has deep roots in the Scriptures and the great tradition of Christian orthodoxy, wants to learn from the riches of the whole church and is always expectant for the Holy Spirit who makes all things new.
About Professor James K A Smith
James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. Smith also serves as editor in chief of Image journal, a quarterly devoted to “art, mystery, and faith.”
The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?, Desiring the Kingdom, and How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014), his recent books include You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016) and Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (2017). His new book, On the Road with Saint Augustine, will be published in October 2019. His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, First Things, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.