Creativity and Theology

College Emmanuel College
Instructor(s) Reynolds, Thomas E.
Course Code EMT3881HS
NOTE: Graduate degree students enrol in EMT6881HS
Semester Second Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

This course explores creativity and its theological significance, drawing from interdisciplinary sources to consider the imagination, creative process and the arts in relation to the life of faith and spiritual practice. Even though creativity is often associated with intentional artistic endeavours, the capacity to imagine, improvise, innovate, and make/construct is intrinsic to human life e.g., in daily routines and relationships, rituals, stories, spiritual identity, personal resilience, empathy, community building, and peace and justice building. By paying attention to various dimensions of creativity, human and divine, the course investigates the making and perceiving of beauty in the world as an orientation toward value and personal and communal transformation. It thus seeks move beyond cognitive and entrepreneur models of creativity as well as dichotomies of action vs. reflection in theology. Particular consideration is given to visual arts and music.

Department Theological
Pre-Requisites Intro to Theology
Schedule Mon
Start Time 14:00
End Time 16:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 10
Maximum Enrolment 20
Program Requirement This course fulfills Christian Spirituality designated elective for MDiv, MPS and MTS students.
Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Class Participation
Research Paper
Book Review
Previously Offered Winter 2022
Currently Offered Winter 2023