In the morning (11am) our asst. minister takes us further up and further in to the Sermon on The Mount. With the help of Les Miserables, To Kill A Mocking Bird, John Stott, J C Ryle and Aretha Franklin we will be talking, gates, roads and golden rules. Oh yes!
In the evening (7pm) it will be our monthly Faith On Trial where Philip Orr will be looking at abstract German painters. Contemporary art can often puzzle the observer with its refusal to adhere to the normative and the readily understood. Evangelical Christians may also struggle with modern art because it so often turns its back on a rich history of Biblical themes, rejects the moral taboos of Judao- Christian culture and despises the cognitive clarity that is modelled within orthodoxy by 'sound' Biblical exegesis. This evening's study will involve an introduction to three living artists, Bill Viola, Marina Abramovic and Anselm Kiefer- one American, one Serbian and one German- whose work goes well beyond the bounds of traditional artistic media. Viola creates slow-moving video installations that are often dominated by fire and water, Abramovic uses her own body as a site of artistic and moral exploration and Kiefer employs strange, recalcitrant naterials such as lead to denote the dark and cruel realities of European civilisation's recent paths. Philip's presentation will offer suggestions that contemporary art, as represented by key artists such these, resonates with deeply significant Biblical and Christian preoccupations and illuminates the human condition in a manner that speaks into all our lives with a prophetic and timely voice.