The Trinity Theological College in Singapore is offering a new course titled "Theology, Imagination and the Arts", helmed by our friend Shirley Bong, a pastoral staff worker in the Anglican diocese. At her invitation, I (Aaron) delivered a guest lecture on "Literature, Poetry and the Imagination" during week 4 of the course, attended by some 20 students.
"In the beginning was the Word," as it goes in the gospel according to John. The Creator chose to reveal Himself to the world for posterity through the written word and the incarnation of it in Jesus Christ. In my lecture, I spoke about literature and the Bible as cultural artefacts that have defined and shaped civilization more than we can ever know. I also mentioned meta-narratives and the Grand Narrative, and looked into some important ideas in the writings of Bunyan, CS Lewis, Tolkien, Eliot and Eugene Peterson. I went on to speak of poets as the "high priests of language" (Peterson) and poetry as a "rehumanizing art", and shared anecdotes from my experience as a vocational writer, ethics lawyer and pastor. Namiko presented two Hawaiian dances in praise of God.
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There is an interrelationship between seeing beauty and saying it beautifully — and this effort has an impact on our lives.
- John Piper