Just a few words about the scope of this new blog. My purpose is to provide a space in which to share information about the relationship between Christian theology and the arts in Britain since 1945. My own research interests are as an historian, particularly of the period up until 1980, and particularly in music. However, this space may well be used as a forum for debate about present-day artistic thought and practice, since it is informed by the past at every turn. The kind of things I have in mind are:
- notices and reports of events, seminars and conferences in the general field
- news of recent publications, in print and online. I have been involved for several years with a colleague, Dr Ian Jones (Director of the Saltley Trust) in investigating the adoption of popular music by the churches, and so news of this will likely appear here
- appeals for information, and attempts to begin discussions of topics so far neglected
- other things germane to the topic that catch my eye.
This is an area with a relatively under-developed presence in the ‘blogosphere’ so far, and so comments are enabled and very welcome.
[April 2008: Since beginning this blog, I found that there were enough issues that arose in my mind to merit another blog, with a wider scope – see Christianity, law and culture in Britain since 1945