Christian artists, communities, and communal obligation

by Anna Blanch on May 15, 2012

Today I want to share a couple of interviews.

The first is with Adrienne Chaplin on the place and responsibilities of Christian artists in their communities and Wilfred McClay, on the theme of place and communal obligation in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing.

Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin is a philosopher of art with a particular interest in materiality and meaning, and the relationship between faith and art. Born in the Netherlands, Adrienne gained her PhD in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam, in which city she also studied art history (with Hans Rookmaaker), musicology and violin. She studied aesthetics with Calvin Seerveld at the Institute for Christian Studies, a Christian Graduate School in Toronto, where she met her British husband Jonathan Chaplin, a political theorist. She was an Inter-Varsity staff worker for music students in London, UK where both of their children were born. From 1999 until 2007 Adrienne taught philosophical aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies, during which time she also served as President of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics. She is co-author of ‘Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts’ (IVP) and currently works as a freelance writer and speaker, based in Cambridge, UK. . In addition to the interview linked to in the paragraph above, this video of chaplin speaking at Encounter 11 challenging the way we tend to speak about art from International Arts Movement is likely to be of interest. In this video below Chaplin discusses the connections of Art and Philosophy, specifically within the area Phenomenology. She encourages us to relearn the way we sense and experience art and ultimately the world we live in.

Wilfred McClay is the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is also Professor of History. He was appointed in 2002 to the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Wilfred M. McClay, a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a widely acclaimed expert on American intellectual and cultural history. His activities at EPPC include co-directing the Evangelicals in Civic Life program. Here is an interview with McClay in addition to the one linked above that you might find of interest.

These are  volumes 59 and 72 respectively of the free Mars Hill Audio bonus tracks ! Here is the full list of free interviews.  If you are interested this is a good reason to join the Emerging Scholars Network, which is free, because Mars Hill Audio offers all ESN members a substantial discount on new subscriptions for one year (six issues) of the Mars Hill Audio Journal in either format: cassette for $33, CD for $35, or $25 in MP3 format. (That comes to $5 to $13 off their usual rates, by the way.) Non-US residents receive this discount but will need to pay an extra shipping cost. Even before you subscribe, you can order a free demo CD or cassette or listen to several bonus interviews for free in MP3 format.
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Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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