A look at how the theology of Martin Luther and John Calvin effected significant changes in the musical forms of the medieval church.
Many today feel uncertain about how to respond to a changing technological landscape. If neither technophobia nor technophoria are adequate responses, can we chart a middle way? This lecture outlines a few rules for what technology is, how it behaves, what we should do about it, and proposes a response that avoids the double dangers of fear and utopianism.
For further reading:
- What Technology Wants (Kevin Kelly)
- Understanding Media (Marshall McLuhan)
- Technopoly (Neil Postman)
- The Technological Society (Jacques Ellul)
- The Singularity Is Near (Ray Kurzweil)
In their recent book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture, Jonathan Anderson and William Dyrness offer a rereading of the history of modern art, including such important artists as Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Warhol, and others. In the book and this lecture, Anderson explores episodes in modern art history that are more shaped by religious contexts and theological concerns than they are usually given credit for, questioning the narrative Hans Rookmaaker offered in his influential book, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture (1970).
A lecture given by Jonathan Anderson (Assosciate Professor of Art, Biola University, USA) at English L'Abri on 13 October, 2017. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.
The sixteenth-century reformer John Calvin is not generally know for his enthusiasm for the visual arts. Yet he widely praised the arts in general as good gifts of God's creation for the common good and enjoyment of all. In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, this lecture takes a closer look at Calvin's comments on the arts in his Institutes of the Christian Religion and considers what may still be of value.
A lecture given by Adrienne Chaplin (Independent Scholar and Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London) at English L'Abri on 6 October, 2017. For more information, visit labri.org/england and for more L'Abri lectures, visit the L'Abri Ideas Library.
T. S. Eliot is among the greatest poets of the twentieth century. However, his masterpiece The Four Quartets, remains an evocative mystery to many readers. In The Four Quartets we see a Christian poet at the height of his maturity. It is a meditation on time, suffering, modernity, God, the human experience, and much more that rewards an evening's study and a lifetime's reading.
- The Social Construction of Reality (Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann)
- The Abolition of Man (C.S. Lewis)
The third and final talk from our summer day conference on the Bible. Printed materials from the event are available at this link. This is a partial recording of a longer, interactive session.
The second of three talks from our summer day conference on the Bible. Printed materials from the event are available at this link.
For further study:
- Jesus and the Eyewitnesses (Richard Bauckham)
- How We Got the Bible (Neil R. Lightfoot)
- The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (F. F. Bruce)
- The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (Craig Blomberg)
The first of three talks from our summer day conference on the Bible. Printed materials from the event are available at this link.
For further study:
- Scripture and the Authority of God (N.T. Wright)
- Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God (Timothy Ward)
- Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Christopher J.H. Wright)
Additionally, you can find the two videos from The Bible Project played during this talk at the links below:
Saint Augustine once wrote, 'For when we ask whether someone is a good man, we are not asking what he believes, or hopes, but what he loves.’ This lecture explores the primacy of love in the Christian life by encouraging the cultivation of a love for God which deepens our enjoyment of God’s good gifts.
- You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (James K.A. Smith)
- Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Sceptical (Tim Keller), particularly the fourth chapter, ‘A Satisfaction That is Not Based on Circumstances’
- The Confessions (St. Augustine)
- ’The Making of Modernity’ (Andrew Fellows), available at the L'Abri Ideas Library