The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) organizes the Church Year around a three-year cycle of scripture readings (Years A, B, and C); and here at First Baptist we have used the RCL readings for worship, preaching, and various Bible studies. However, the RCL readings for Sundays only cover maybe 30 percent of the Bible. And so, in this class we will be expanding our lectionary by making use of David Ackerman's book, Beyond the Lectionary, which "is a one-year compilation of readings that offers...an additional 2266 verses of scripture that are not used on Sundays or mainline Protestant holy days in the RCL." So as the RCL begins Year A, our class will begin a kind of Year D. As we go along, we'll consider why certain texts may have been omitted from the RCL and whether or not certain texts could be used in Sunday worship. Join us!
For thousands of years, imaginative humans have expressed their senses of self, world, humanity, and divinity in their artistic creations. The development of these creations unfolds like a rich and varied conversation between artists, religions, political powers, economic forces, technologies, and, of course, other artists. Beginning January 12, 2014, we will spend the eight Sundays of the Epiphany season listening in on this conversation, paying particular attention to the distinctively Christian voices (or lack thereof) at key moments in its history. As we do so, we will:
· see how the earliest Christian artists responded to the Empire of Rome, creating images and buildings that laid the foundation for centuries of Christian art and architecture.
· learn how different beliefs about the role of images in worship contributed to the schism between the Eastern and Western churches, and how such differences play out in contemporary interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
· explore the grand vision of the cosmos unifying the architecture, music, and visual art of the High Gothic era, and unpack the ways in which the Renaissance challenged that model of the Cosmos, contributing to the Protestant Reformation.
· seek to understand why distinctively Christian artistic voices begin to diminish and disappear from art in the modern era, and why the postmodern era has invited a resurgence of such voices.
Throughout, we will reflect on the development of our own imaginations, considering the ways in which our views of the world are being shaped by the history of art, by Christian traditions, and by the world of images surrounding us today. This will be a highly visual course, with lots of pictures to look at and discuss!
|January 12||The Conversation of Art History|
|January 19||Rome and Early Christian Images|
|January 26||Iconoclastic Controversies|
|February 2||The Medieval Model of the Cosmos|
|February 9||Renaissance and Reformations|
|February 16||Early Modern Revolutions and Reactions|
|February 23||High Modern Secularization|
|March 2||The Postmodern Turn|
David began his college career as an Engineering student in the Air Force ROTC, convinced that he'd be happy if he could learn to build and program computers, fly jets, and make money. But an integrated art, philosophy, and religion course exploded those expectations, opening up his sense of self, world, and God in ways that he never imagined. From that point on, he thought less and less about computers, jets, and money, and more and more about philosophy, art, and religion. He ended up with a BA in Mathematics from Cedarville University and a PhD in Philosophy from Penn State University, specializing in philosophy of art. For the past 20 years, he's been privileged to teach courses in philosophy, aesthetic theory, and art history at Cedarville, UD, and the University of Maine, helping to expand the imaginations of new generations of students.
For more information regarding Christian Education at First Baptist please contact Rev. Jason Alspaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Thomson (Chair, Board of Christian Education).