New Theology, Imagination, and the Arts Blog Launched: Transpositions

by Anna Blanch on June 28, 2010

I’m excited to introduce a new blog about theology, imagination, and the arts. 


Transpositions  is a collaborative effort of students associated with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. On one level, transpositions connotes our goal to create conversations between Christian theology and the arts, Just like a musician might transpose from the key of B flat Major to C Major in order to create beautiful music with other instruments, we desire to transpose from the mode of theology to the arts and from the arts to theology in order to create meaningful resonances. On another level, transpositions suggests the nature of both art and theology as a transposition of divine reality into earthly form. As C. S. Lewis concluded in his brilliant essay entitled ‘Transposition,’ our glimpse of God through embodied transpositions and our taste of true reality in the present gives us hope that one day we will experience the fullness of beauty.

I encourage you to go and check out the posts at Transpositions and join the conversation.

I’ll be posting over there most Tuesday’s.You can find out more about the other contributing writers here. With 5 other regular contributing writers and a whole host of guest contributors there will be a new post each day, Monday-Saturday.

Image: The image above  (and the current header) is a recent painting from Joel Sheesley titled Moonlight Puddles (2006).  Joel is a professor of art at Wheaton College where he teaches painting and printmaking.  His work explores the domestic landscape of suburban America.  A dominant theme in his paintings is  human perception and the possibility of seeing the world as meaningful and sacramental.

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She also contributes to the new Theology, imagination, and the arts blog, Transpositions.

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