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Christology and Art

Christology Class 

A Phillips’ Christology class visited the Philbrook Museum on Wednesday, March 19. Assistant Professor of Theology Sarah Morice Brubaker led the class on a tour of art that featured portrayals of Jesus.  She said it’s not her first time taking a class to the museum.

“You can learn a lot about how understandings of Jesus changed by looking at art from that time,” Morice Brubaker said.

The class viewed paintings, sculptures, and other pieces from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Morice Brubaker said many of the art pieces touched on themes being taught in class.

“So much of Christianity was visual,” she said. “If you think about how a cathedral is a belief system in building form, it’s the same way in art.”

The Christology class was one of Phillips’ concentrated courses, which packs an entire course into one week. Students responded positively to the museum visit, calling it both a great and helpful trip. Marnie Leinberger, who was in the class, said the visuals were especially useful.

“We spend a lot of time reading about the various ways people try to understand what Jesus did (and) does in the world,” said Leinberger. “It was nice to be able to see how people worked out that question.”

Morice Brubaker was pleased by the students’ responses. She said they seemed to appreciate the access to Christology that art gave them.

“You can teach something as a history lesson,” Morice Brubaker said, “but when you teach it as art, it gets into your brain.”

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