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PAST322 Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission

The role of the arts in expressing, shaping, nourishing and critiquing Christian faith, including how the arts in different theological traditions might enrich Christian ministry and mission.

Paper title Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission
Paper code PAST322
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
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One 200-level PAST paper
MINS 414
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Academic Liaison: Associate Professor Chris Holmes (
Teaching staff
Dr Maggi Dawn
Paper Structure
This paper will cover 8 topics:
  • Art and Image in the Christian tradition: Catholic
  • Art and Image in the Christian tradition: Protestant
  • Art and Image in the Christian tradition: Pentecostal
  • Reading and interpreting art
  • Imagination, creativity and faith
  • Truth, meaning and theology
  • Beauty and the vision of God
  • Nurturing creativity in mission and ministry today
  • Two 2,500-word essays (40% each)
  • Online discussion posts (20%)
Teaching Arrangements
This paper will be taught as a compulsory intensive block course in 2019.
There is no textbook for this paper. A coursebook has been developed.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary Perspective, Global Perspective, Cultural Understanding, Critical Thinking Information Literacy, Research Skills, Self-Motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper the students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on the effectiveness of the arts for expressing, exploring, shaping, nourishing and critiquing Christian faith.
  2. Describe some of the reasons for the 'iconoclasm' of the Protestant Reformers and evaluate it.
  3. Compare and contrast at least two different approaches to theology of the arts, at least one of which must be from your own tradition.
  4. Identify one contemporary art piece and articulate how and why it could enrich a Christian ministry setting.

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system