The Future of Christian Art



A symposium featuring Fr. Stephen Fields, S.J. (Georgetown University), Karin Krause (University of Chicago), and John David Mooney (Chicago-based sculptor and environmental artist), held on-campus at the University of Chicago, on October 20, 2022. This event was presented by The Lumen Christi Institute and co-sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.


Is there a future for Christian Art? Can beauty save a “modern” world? In this presentation, Fr. Stephen Fields distinguishes between modernity and previous periods of the Western Christian experience and draws upon the work of Hans Urs von Balathasar to argue that Christians must reconceive the meaning of “beauty.” Responses follow from University of Chicago art historian Karin Krause and Chicago artist John David Mooney.


This event was supported by funds from the Fr. Paul V. Mankowski, S.J. Memorial Fund for Jesuit Scholarship. Fr. Paul, former Jesuit Scholar-in-Residence for the Lumen Christi Institute and trained biblicist, was also a humanist with wide ranging interests in art and literature.

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