THC5130 Intercultural Perspectives of Theological Aesthetics
Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
The many cultural understandings and expressions of beauty will be explored. The student will analyze the influence of philosophy, religion, and historical contexts on the understanding of aesthetics in different cultures and religious traditions, all the while developing his/her own theological aesthetics for missional engagement with cultures different than his own.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Some cultures have a greater, and certainly different, understanding of beauty and how it should be expressed. The missional student will encounter what he/she may initially deem to be offensive, crass, or vulgar, or moving, inspiring, and enchanting. This course will give the student the Biblical foundation for engaging and evaluating a variety of cultural aesthetic understandings.
Why This Course Is Important:
Theological aesthetics is grounded in the beauty of the character and creative nature of God. Expressions of beauty are an example of the diversity of Gods creation. This course will help the student understand, appreciate, and engage in cultural expressions of beauty from a Biblical perspective and with a missional heart.