I am intrigued by the intersection of theology and the arts. In Scripture faith and literature are interrelated so closely we can never discern one without tracing the effect of the other. The arts express what is most significant and most uplifting: love, hope, joy, faith, fear, despair, and our relationship with God. From the singing of psalms to preaching, the arts in worship allow us to connect with God emotionally, spiritually, and physically, so that heart, soul, strength, and mind are all involved. And as perhaps our best combatant against religious legalism and intolerant bibliolatry, the arts share something of the Holy Spirit that gives life and freedom, overturning the letter of religion that kills.
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Washington University
M.Div., M.Phil., Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary