Many poets, musicians, painters and other artists use their craft to approach and understand the transcendent world — a process known as “Christian humanism” that is seen in popular works by J.R.R. Tolkien, Michelangelo, Bach, T. S. Eliot and a host of other creative masters.
Gregory Wolfe, director of the Center for Religious Humanism and publisher/editor of Seattle Pacific University’s “Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion,” will explain the concept of “Christian humanism” — expressing the holy through the substantial — during a lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Life Cycle Institute at The Catholic University of America.
Wolfe will use a range of examples from modern film, art and letters to explore humanity’s relationship with God, including Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” and DaVinci’s “Last Supper.”
“Art has always been one of the ways that mankind has come to understand its place in the world, what it is meant to be and do,” says CUA Professor A.G. Harmon, who has helped arrange Wolfe’s visit. “The exploration of humanity's relationship with God through creation is still a valid, lively and active practice.”
Wolfe has written and edited several books touching on God’s relationship to mankind, including “Books That Build Character,” “Climb High, Climb Far,” and his latest book, “Circle of Grace: Praying With — and For — Your Children.”
Wolfe’s lecture falls just before the Christian Holy Week, the seven days preceding Easter Sunday.
“This presentation will be an entertaining opportunity for reflection for people of the Judeo-Christian tradition as they prepare for Easter and Passover,” Harmon says. The event is free and open to the public.
MEDIA: To arrange coverage of the event or an interview with Mr. Wolfe, contact Janelle Cowgill
or Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.
Revised: Feb. 18, 2002
All contents copyright © 2001.
The Catholic University of America,
Office of Public Affairs.