Volume 5 Number 1
On Princeton Theological Seminary’s campus, art is vividly on display. The visual arts—particularly architecture and horticulture—make the first impression. Historic, majestic stone buildings surrounded by trees—variously pink-blossomed, full of green, or painted rustic shades of autumn—turn the campus itself into a work of art. But the presence of art doesn’t end there. It weaves through the art exhibits in Erdman gallery and the culinary presentations in the Mackay Campus Center, through the dramas presented by the Speech Department and the songs of the Chapel Choir, and also through the theological academic disciplines.
The following articles show how intertwined are theology and the arts. The first briefly surveys the historical relationship between art (specifically, the visual arts) and the Reformed tradition. Then four PTS faculty members and two alumnae relate how art commingles with their respective disciplines—from biblical studies to pastoral care to preaching. The Seminary’s new Erdman gallery is reviewed. And, finally, with great anticipation we announce the latest development in art and theology on the Seminary campus: the new Henry Luce III Chair in Theology and the Arts.
Within the Reformed tradition, theology and the arts have not always gotten along well—their relationship sometimes hostile, sometimes indifferent, sometimes illuminating. However, at Princeton an already flourishing creative partnership is strengthening.
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