Bingham 2017: The Arts and the Bible
The arts have traditionally occupied a central place in the church. This is reflected in monuments to Christian art found in architecture, music, and the visual arts, among others. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions, the Christian arts have become an embattled tradition. There is less evidence of an active arts presence within the Christian church, fewer venues for Christian artists to be creative in a theological context, and fewer educational institutions that engage serious theological reflection upon the arts. Apart from contemporary worship music, a single strand of the artistic panoply, the arts have fallen on hard times, and artists find it difficult to justify their existence as the church becomes highly pragmatic.
We believe that the arts should be aesthetically profound, theologically based, and reflectively deep. To this end, McMaster Divinity College has chosen for this year’s Bingham Colloquium to sponsor a conference on The Arts and the Bible. This conference features formal papers on arts-related topics, presentations by active Christian artists, and contributions by theologians (biblical, systematic, etc.). The artists include visual artists, painters and sculptors, musicians, dramatists, and liturgists. The conference will invite participants and attendees to discuss the arts in the midst of contemplating art through theological lenses.
For the conference (and several weeks preceding), MDC is being transformed into a curated art centre, with artists displaying their pieces. All (even those not attending the conference) are invited to a reception to be held on May 25th (Thursday) evening to admire the artwork which will be displayed around the building.
Reception (free admission--open to all)
Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 7-9pm
Friday, May 26, 2017
|8:00AM||Registration and Coffee|
|8:30AM - 8:45AM||Welcome and Introductions|
|8:45AM - 9:30AM||Plenary 1: Mark Boda, MDC (An OT Scholar's Perspective)|
|9:30AM - 10:15AM||Plenary 2: Kimberly Vrudny, University of St. Thomas (A Theologian's Perspective)|
|10:30AM - 10:50AM||Coffee Break|
|10:50AM - 11:20AM||Parallel Sessions 1|
|11:20AM - 11:50AM||Parallel Sessions 2|
|11:50AM - 12:35PM||Plenary 3: Stanley Porter, MDC (A New Testament Scholar's Perspective)|
|12:35PM - 1:35PM||Lunch (provided)|
|1:35PM - 2:20PM||Plenary 4: James Tughan, Semaphore Fellowship, Hamilton (An Artist's Perspective)|
|2:20PM - 3:05PM||Plenary 5: Wendy Porter, MDC (A Church Musician's Perspective)|
|3:05PM - 3:25PM||Coffee Break|
|3:25PM - 3:55PM||Parallel Sessions 3|
|3:55PM - 4:25PM||Parallel Sessions 4|
|4:25PM - 5:10PM||Plenary 6: John Franklin, Toronto (A Theologian's Perspective)|
|5:10PM - 5:30PM||Closing Comments|