Placemaking and the Arts

Cultivating the Christian Life

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Jennifer Allen Craft
Studies in Theology and the Arts
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic Press
    , October
     380 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Charles M. Howell forthcoming.


As embodied creatures, as members of local communities and churches, as people who live in a specific location in the world, we all experience the importance of place. But what role does place play in the Christian life and how might our theology of place be cultivated?

In this Studies in Theology and the Arts volume, Jennifer Allen Craft argues that the arts are a significant form of placemaking in the Christian life. The arts, she contends, place us in time, space, and community in ways that encourage us to be fully and imaginatively present in a variety of contexts: the natural world, our homes, our worshiping communities, and society. In so doing, the arts call us to pay attention to the world around us and invite us to engage in responsible practices in those places.

Through this practical theology of the arts, Craft shows how the arts can help us by cultivating our theological imagination, giving shape to the Christian life, and forming us more and more into the image of Christ.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jennifer Allen Craft is Associate Professor of Humanities and Theology at Point University in West Point, Georgia, where she teaches courses in theology, philosophy, and the arts. Her work has been featured on Transpositions and in Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds.


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