Reimagining Creation and Incarnation Through Art

croslisted as DR9304C

Winter Intensive, 2020
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Online: commencing 29 June over two weeks
First session begins 9.30am: further details will be provided
In this unit, students will learn to use methods of art appreciation to explore the contemporary significance of central themes of Christian faith. They will investigate and reflect on the role of art in expressing and deepening the viewers’ relationship to the Christian tradition and to questions of personal religious experience and openness to transcendence in everyday life. Students will use historical and critical enquiry to investigate the ways artists negotiated the requirements of their civic and religious contexts to produce and promote religious interpretations through their work. In particular, through the contextual and visual analysis of relevant artworks, students will attempt to re-articulate the biblical themes of creation and incarnation within the imaginary of an evolutionary and dynamic cosmology for contemporary audiences.

Census Date

Tuesday 28 July 


DS2303C/3303C/9303C is highly recommended


intensive mode: 9.30am – 4.30pm


  • two 3,500-word essays 2 x 50%
  • one 7,000-word essay 100% 


  • Allen, Christopher. Art in Australia: From Colonization to Postmodernism. World of Art. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1997.
  • Anderson, Jaynie. The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art. Cambridge Companions. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Delio, Ilia. The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011.
  • Edwards, Denis. Deep Incarnation: God’s Redemptorive Suffering with Creatures. Duffy Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books 2019.
  • Gray, Ann, Thomas Keneally, Rod Radford, Kathleen Soriano, Beatrice Gullström, eds. Australia. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2013.
  • Lev Elizabeth. How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art. New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2018.
  • O’Leary, Daniel. An Astonishing Secret: The Love Story of Creation and the Wonder of You. Dublin: Columba, 2017.
  • Ó’Murchú, Diarmuid. Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017.
  • Schama, Simon, Mary Beard, and David Olusoga, pres. Civilisations. London: BBC Worldwide, 2018. 3 Disc set DVD.
  • Williams, Rowan. Christ the Heart of Creation. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018. 

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