As the Roman Catholic Church opens a pavilion at the Venice Biennale and many Protestant traditions cast aside their traditional distrust of images and storm back into the arena of contemporary visual art, a positive re-evaluation of the relationship between art and religion might seem timely.

However, works of art can also be focal points for religious conflict and violence, and can be tools for a secular society to question, challenge and provoke inherited orthodoxies, often causing deep offence. In this talk, Ben Quash takes stock of the fast-changing and multi-faceted contemporary interaction of art and religion.

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About The Academic

Professor Ben Quash

Ben Quash grew up in County Durham and Monmouthshire. After reading English and then theology he was Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, a lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation,  and Dean and Fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge until he came to King’s as Professor of Christianity and the Arts in 2007. His research interests include the way in which the arts can stimluate renewed theological engagement with the Bible.