To commence our 2022 Adult Learning programme, we are very pleased to be welcoming James Lorenz, Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, to St Albans Cathedral. This talk will explore the fascinating relationship between theology and the arts, considering in particular the relationship between theology and cinematic art.

The intersection of theology and the arts is becoming a thriving field of scholarship. There are a growing number of theological approaches to the arts, from painting and sculpture, through to literature, music and more. In this talk on Monday 17 January, 7.30-9pm, James Lorenz will introduce some of these theological approaches and discuss some of the debates currently taking place within the rich and varied research field. 

After providing some initial insight into the topic, James will then focus on his own research interests and discuss the relationship between theology and cinematic art. He will explore in particular the theme of contemplation in cinematic art and question whether such contemplation can be identified as a form of prayer. To aid this discussion, the work and style of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky will be examined.

This talk will be held online via Zoom.  If you'd like to attend the event but are not free to join us live, please do buy a ticket and you'll receive a link to the recording.

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About James Lorenz:

James Lorenz is a Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at York St. John University. His research focuses on the intersection of theology and the arts, particularly cinematic arts, and he has recently completed a PhD in Theology and Religion from the University of Oxford. In addition to teaching a range of modules on subjects tied to Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, James is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for the Oxford Graduate Theological Society. We are very pleased to be welcoming James to St Albans Cathedral to deliver this talk for us. 

Clergy and Reader Training Grants:

Starting in January 2022, we are very pleased to be able to offer clergy and Readers in the diocese of St Albans complimentary access to our Adult Learning courses, talks, study days, and reading groups.

To sign up for this event, please email [email protected] with your name and role and we will confirm your place.