Imagination, Art, and Feminist Theology

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JOURNAL ARTICLE: IMAGINATION, ART, AND

FEMINIST THEOLOGY

SAGE Journals, Feminist Theology.

Volume 25, Issue 3. 2017

This article explores the importance of imagination and art when developing and working with theology, particularly feminist theology. It begins with a short review of selected periods in Christian history that either supported or warned against the use of imagination and art in classical theological development. Feminist theology has had a different history because since its inception, imagination has been central to the formation and exploration of the field. Imagination and art have continued to develop and promote feminist theological worship, and backlash against feminist theology has also focused on these artistic expressions.

 

I propose the term theological imaginizing for the intentional engagement and exploration of imagination and art with theology, and I share insights based on my field research for integrating feminist theology with art in Christian worship today.