Living Theodrama is a fresh, creative introduction to theological ethics. Offering an imaginative approach through dialogue with theatrical theory and practice, Vander Lugt demonstrates a new way to integrate actor-oriented and action-oriented approaches to Christian ethics within a comprehensive theodramatic model. This model affirms that life is a drama performed in the company of God and others, providing rich metaphors for relating theology to everyday formation and performance in this drama. Different chapters explore the role of the triune God, Scripture, tradition, the church, mission, and context in the process of formation and performance, thus dealing separately with major themes in theological ethics while incorporating them within an overarching model. This book contains not only a fruitful exchange between theological ethics and theatre, but it also presents a promising method for interdisciplinary dialogue between theology and the arts that will be valuable for students and practitioners across many different fields.
Table of Contents
Contents: Foreword; Prologue to a theatrical theology; Practicing theodramatics: formation and performance; Playwrights, protagonists, producers, and Trinitarian theodramatics; Scripts, plots, and Biblical theodramatics; Companies, characters, and ecclesial theodramatics; Repetition, innovation, and traditional theodramatics; Audiences, interaction, and missional theodramatics; Environments, places, and contextual theodramatics; Epilogue; Bibliography; Indexes.
Wesley Vander Lugt (PhD, Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews) is Lead Pastor of Warehouse 242 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His other books include Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition (IVP Academic, 2013), co-authored with Kelly Kapic, Theatrical Theology: Explorations in Performing the Faith (Cascade Books, forthcoming), co-edited with Trevor Hart, and ’Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Christianity’ in Reading Christian Theology in the Protestant Tradition (T&T Clark, forthcoming).