Visual Theology

Running the script for a blueprint Bible

Image: Scriptorium, 2018 at St Cyriac’s Church, Lacock; 65 cyanotype prints. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Scriptorium The text below is adapted from publication in ‘Photography as the Bible’s New Illumination’, in Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts: Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice (Routledge, 2021), pp.55-58; and also from VT Issue 1, pp.16-17. Scriptorium consists of sixty-five pages of unbound …

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Bishop Otter Scholar: closing thoughts

Images from left: Visual Theology conference at the Bishop’s Palace (2018); Sara Mark at the Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester (2018); Alys Tomlinson at Chichester Cathedral (2019). Photographs Sheona Beaumont. This month my position as Bishop Otter Scholar comes to an end, after 3 years in the role. My time has been full …

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Theology’s problematic interface on screen

Image: Revd Adam Beaumont leading an online Easter service for St Cyriac’s Lacock, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. So the unsettled feelings are percolating. Many and continued are the triumphalist pronouncements of church leaders that communities of faith thrive online, that connections are made and obstacles overcome (like prohibition of worship due to situations other …

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Sounds of a summer visual theology

On holiday in France this year, I am staying with my family in an old 3-storied house in the Loire.  It is full of beams, right next door to a church. The village is quiet, the houses silent, the shop fronts closed.  The summer air hangs over the place, people aren’t around. But the bells.  The bells ring out …

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Visual Theology I: Transformative Looking Between the Visual Arts and Christian Doctrine

Image: Sara Mark’s Lavant at The Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Visual Theology Conference Report19th-20th October 2018The Bishop’s Palace, Chichester; The Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester; in association with the Diocese of Chichester Our two-day conference explored ‘Transformative Looking Between the Visual Arts and Christian Doctrine (1850-Now)’. …

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