And this begins the story of a fascination that spans years; the mystery of how Vermeer created such photorealistic images in oils and the attempt to reverse-engineer his methods and duplicate his results. P.S. For NRP, theology is both science and art. I just saw Tim’s Vermeer and I’m so impressed with Penn Jillette right now! I promise I haven’t spoiled the movie. Much of the character of evangelical theology is a consequence of attempting to model theological reasoning on accounts of science from philosophers such as Francis Bacon (1561–1626), famous for proposing that science worked by gathering all relevant facts and drawing inductive conclusions. Sin is driven by disordered love, and it is love in this sense that leads to all the pain and suffering in the world. Haters need not comment. This art of accompaniment is a fine and necessary tool in our belt for the work of building the New Evangelization and is the supreme exemplification of the science of pastoral theology… Religion is a set of rituals, practices, structures and beliefs, typically connected with a theology, which is a philosophy about God (although there are some non-theistic religions). add a comment | 2. Or else it would be but another branch of science. How these observations and systems of thought continually relate to the scriptures, as a frame to a picture, is another aspect of the art. share | improve this answer | follow | answered Aug 25 '17 at 20:35. For many, religion (or spirituality) is also part of that story. For a culture that oscillates at the bustling intersection of art and technology, we want to present and communicate the art and findings of our theology in technologically advanced and artful ways, just like the Reformers did in their day. Subscribe (it’s free!) I think Tim’s Vermeer does a great job of demonstrating this truth. Anyway, if you go in for this kind of odd documentary like I do, it’s crazy good. Theology as Supreme So, theology was seen as a science in the Middle Ages. As science, theology has a Subject Who has condescended to make Himself available for study (our systems begin and end with Jesus). This amalgam is meant to probe at the felt inconsistencies of their world. This movie is not simply about the glorious obsession of an engineer-artist, but the intersection of technology and art – one of my favorite topics and, apparently, one of the magician-producer, Penn Jillette’s as well. Today, we tend to put technology and art into separate categories. He directs book publishing for the many projects of 1517. We have excellent transmission of those testimonies by every standard of historical research – no one who’s done the work denies this part. Yet philosophy differs in a fundamental way from art, literature or religion, as its etymological meaning is “the love of wisdom,” which implies a significant degree of objective knowledge. However, God does want us to know Him insofar as we are able, and theology is the art and science of knowing what we can know and understand about God in an organized and understandable manner. It is assumed that science cannot provide insights to help deepen our understanding of theology. The difference between science and art stems from the nature of the subjects studied. Now, theology is a science in that it gathers evidence, makes hypotheses and moves toward theories, as all history does (Joseph Campbell's study of myths can be called theology… We can value and respect the scientific method, and still make room for art, literature, friendship, and all the other things that enrich the human experience. The only problem Tim has is that he is not a painter. He also spent over 20 years in the graphic arts and printing industry. Christian Theology was considered (and this before the Reformation) to be the Queen of the Sciences. According to this definition, theology is a science with an object of study (God and His actions on earth) and a means for study (the Bible and general revelation). The concept of Theology as science is foreign to our ‘enlightened’ century where the subject has been removed to the Liberal Arts category. For NRP, theology is both science and art. Some people try to avoid theology because they believe it is divisive. If you only have two out of three, then it’s not Art. His trial, execution and resurrection were recorded by eye witnesses. 1517 creates and distributes theological and apologetic resources anchored in the central message of the Bible: that Christ died for sinners and rose for their justification. Christian Theology was considered (and this before the Reformation) to be the Queen of the Sciences. Science vs Art . Art is creative expression. Incidentally, we will be an all Mac shop. That data drives the propositional truths of our faith. Chris Sunami supports Monica Chris Sunami supports Monica. 23.5k 1 1 gold badge 37 37 silver badges 74 74 bronze badges. Properly understood, though, theology is uniting. Art and science are therefore in fundamental character very dissimilar. So theology had to be redefined as the science of religion (as opposed to the majority definition in church history of theology being the ectypal (creaturely) knowledge of God). Log in, Written by Lane Keister | How these truths are communicated is still another. This art of accompaniment is a fine and necessary tool in our belt for the work of building the New Evangelization and is the supreme exemplification of the science of pastoral theology.