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

Plenary Speakers

Mark Boda: The Prophets as Triple Threat: Performance Criticism and Dramatic Expression
Kimberly Vrudny: Prophetic Beauty: Argentina, Political Violence, and the Cross
Stanley Porter: The Art and Craft of the New Testament: Developing an Aesthetic Approach
James Tughan: Seeing and Sight Unseen
Wendy Porter: Hildegard of Bingen and a Resonant Call to Prophetic Music Ministry
John Franklin: Beyond Appearances: Imagination and the Biblical Narrative

Parallel Sessions - Special Invitees

Heidi Brannan (Sculptor): Portals of a Pilgrimage
Natasha Duquette (Poetry & Literature Scholar): ‘She Lifted up Her Voice’: Hagar in Nineteenth-Century Visual Art and Poetry
Elizabeth Henstock (Sculptor): The Beatitudes: The King’s Agenda
Gwendolyn Starks (Playwright): The Shadows that Offend: The Union of Actors and Church from the Perspective of Dorothy L. Sayers’ Sacramental Theology
John Terpstra (Poet): The Right Words at the Right Time in the Right Place: Poems and Personal Reflections from the Life of a Resident Church Poet
Peter Tigchelaar (Poet, Musician, Minstrel): Repeat after Me: Participating in Contemplative Worship, Prayer, and Music

Parallel Sessions

Lee Beach: A Catholic Imagination: The Bible in the Music of Bruce Springsteen
Bradley K. Broadhead: Theory in the Theodrama: Jazz Theory & Theology
Esther Cen: Yutang Lin & His Interpretation of the Bible
Caroline Schleier Cutler: Harry Potter and the Gospel of Mark: Using Young Adult Speculative Fiction to Enhance Our Reading and Teaching of the Bible
Zachary Dawson: Verbal Art, Perspective Criticism & Bilingualism: A Hebrew/Aramaic Language Shifting in the Book of Daniel
Anthony Easton: Charts against Time: Millerite Eschatology & the Book of Daniel
Jason Jung: Storyteller’s Literary Obsession for Climax: A Proposal for an Inclusio in Luke 4 and 23
Michael Knowles: ‘Immortal, Invisible’: Christian Theology & the Art of the Unseen
Francis Pang: A Laughing Matter? A Consideration of Parodic Apocalyptic Films in the Twenty-first Century
Sid Sudiacal: Hold Up: God & Beyoncé and Prosperity Gospel, oh my!
Cynthia Westfall: Artemis Statuary & Discourses of Power in Biblical Studies
Hallam Willis: Romanticism, Hermeneutics & Scripture: Art as a Hermeneutical Paradigm
Ryder Wishart: Story Worlds & the Truth: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Lewis, & Tolkien through the Sociology of Knowledge
Dave Yoon: A Diachronic Linguistic Analysis of Modern Church Music

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