October 22, 2015 / Theology
The artist cannot pass lightly over the disorder of the creation without being guilty of …
Chelle Stearns is an associate professor of theology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Her academic work focuses on the interaction between theology and music. In her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Handling Dissonance: Unity, God, and Musical Space, she explores the concept of unity through Arnold Schoenberg’s understanding of musical space, coherence, and dissonance, placing his philosophy in dialogue with contemporary Trinitarian theology. Her more recent research concentrates on how lament in art, music, and liturgy can help us expand our theology, especially in light of the drama of the human story.
Christian theologies of suffering often move too quickly to redemption, but in this interview with Shelly Rambo, she advocates a theology that remains in the ambiguous middle space between life and death, bearing witness to how trauma lingers in human experience.
The stories we tell about ourselves and our faith are important, says Chelle Stearns, and in this essay she looks at how our athletic culture informs those stories. Taking her cue from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Stearns searches for a middle ground in our faith and Christology between the heroism of warriors and the heroism of healers.