Bingham 2017: The Arts and the Bible

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 8:00am
McMaster Divinity College

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.

Bingham 2017

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


Event Price: 
75.00 CAD
Non-MDC Student/MDC Alumni Price: 
45.00 CAD
MDC Student Price: 
35.00 CAD