Art and the religious imagination: A conversation with Rowan Williams

Williams, R. and Lewer, D. (2022) Art and the religious imagination: A conversation with Rowan Williams. Theology in Scotland, 29(1), pp. 23-34. (doi: 10.15664/tis.v29i1.2418)

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Dr Deborah Lewer introduces this conversation between herself and Dr Rowan Williams by reflecting on how word and image point to the risk and the promise involved in words about wordless works of art. As a theologian, poet, and former Archbishop of Canterbury, Williams highlights the ongoing, responsive, and dynamic relationship that human beings can develop with particular pieces of visual art. Such an interaction can be extended when a painting is responded to by another medium – for instance, that of a poem. It is in the transcendence and indeterminacy of a piece of art that Williams locates imagination’s link to faith.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lewer, Dr Deborah
Authors: Williams, R., and Lewer, D.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Theology in Scotland
Publisher:St Mary's College, University of St Andrews
ISSN (Online):1465-2862
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Deborah Lewer; Rowan Williams
First Published:First published in Theology in Scotland 29(1):23-34
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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