17 Jun 2022 - by Lauren Bartley
Congratulations to ACC&C scholar Rev'd Dr Rodney Pattenden on the publication of Imagination in an Age of Crisis: Soundings from the Arts and Theology, edited by Jason Goroncy and Rodney Pattenden ed. (Pickwick Publications)
This book explores the vital role of the imagination in today's complex climates--cultural, environmental, political, racial, religious, spiritual, intellectual, etc. It asks: What contribution do the arts make in a world facing the impacts of globalism, climate change, pandemics, and losses of culture? What wisdom and insight, and orientation for birthing hope and action in the world, do the arts offer to religious faith and to theological reflection? These essays, poems, and short reflections--written by art practitioners and academics from a diversity of cultures and religious traditions--demonstrate the complex cross-cultural nature of this conversation, examining critical questions in dialogue with various art forms and practices, and offering a way of understanding how the human imagination is formed, sustained, employed, and expanded. Marked by beauty and wonder, as well as incisive critique, it is a unique collection that brings unexpected voices into a global conversation about imagining human futures.