Using our imaginations in a post-Christian world

How are we to speak for Jesus in a world that feels the gospel is passé, a prison, an oppressive relic we’d be better off without? Do we wall ourselves off in Christian bubbles? Do we attack and try to “win back the culture for Christ”?

Oasis of Imagination explores a third path: the path of creative engagement.

Author Ted Turnau will be leading an online guided reading group on his book Oasis of Imagination starting on Thursday 8th Feb through Crosslands Forum. Taking place in seven one-and-a-half hour sessions over a period of four months, these discussions will give the opportunity to engage directly with the author, discuss the implications for our context in a group, and give structure to your reading. As we start to apply this book to our own lives, contexts and vocations, we pray that as Christ’s followers, we’d be able to engage more meaningfully in a post-Christian world.

Creatively engaging culture means that Christians who work in arts and entertainment plant “oases”, works that open up spaces for both Christian and non-Christian. In these weeks we will be exploring what the imagination is from a biblical (and scientific and philosophical) perspective. We will think through what sort of imagination is best at engaging our post-Christian world creatively. We will spend time considering artists who do this sort of work well. And we will consider how artists should serve the church and beyond, and how churches should support and encourage the creative people in their midst.

“I don’t know of a more comprehensive, more inviting, or more compelling case for a Christian understanding of the imagination than the one offered in this book. Oasis of Imagination belongs in every church library, every seminary, every Christian classroom, and on every believer’s shelf. I wish I’d had this book years ago. I will be using it for years to come.” Karen Swallow Prior, author of The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis

Join in to explore a path of constructive engagement with the world Jesus has called us to.

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