Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Art and Theology: The Marriage

This semester I'm teaching a class on the Role of Women in Ministry. We explore women's history, the hard-to-understand Bible verses about women, first-century culture, and other highly controversial subjects.

Every time I teach this class, I require my students to visit Dallas's Women's Museum. And then we discuss it.

During this year's discussion one student in particular shared about a powerful revelation he'd had via the art.

On the top floor of the museum was an gallery with all items priced. Sales benefited research for a women's disease--I think it was breast or ovarian cancer. At any rate, this student told about how one painting caught his eye. He said it was of an old, wrinkled woman. Her top was exposed, but according to him it was not at all sexual or provocative. She also had her arms up as if in celebration. And he marveled that this old, wrinkled woman stood celebrating the wonder of her body.

The student went on to say it made him realize for the first time how much women must feel pressure to be young and beautiful, and how much confidence it must take to overcome such thinking to see beauty in the majesty of the God-created human body, whether or not it looks like [insert name of movie start you consider gorgeous].

I loved the intersection of art and theology in that encounter.

Has art made you consider spiritual thoughts or illuminated some truth for you? Tell us about it by leaving a comment.


God's Girl said...

Art helps me capture the beauty of God's handiwork!

May God bless you as you teach a class for Women in Ministry!

All for Jesus,

Erin said...

Most of Andy Goldsworthy's environmental sculptures make me fall into contemplation about the Lord.
His creation.
Its changeability.
How that changeability pleases Him.
How we fight against and embrace its fleeting moods, in turn.
How we can see so many facets of the Holy One through His ever-changing delight called Creation.

If you haven't ever seen Rivers and Tides, by Goldsworthy, it's completely worth your time.