Brett David Potter is a PhD candidate at the Toronto School of Theology (St. Michael’s College) exploring the relationship of theology, art and culture. He graduated with a Masters of Christian Studies in Theology and the Arts from Regent College in Vancouver. Prior to this he completed a Fine Arts degree in film at York University. Current research interests include theological approaches to aesthetics, imagination, and contemporary art.
Brett is also an active filmmaker and art enthusiast. When he is not immersed in the world of academia you can find him at home spending time with his wife and daughter, blogging about art and culture or strumming a guitar or banjo.
“Theology, Imagination, Vision: Northrop Frye and Karl Barth on the Word of God,” Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting, Waterloo, ON (May 2012)
“Beauty and Brillo Boxes: Maritain’s Philosophy of Art in the Contemporary Context,” St. Michael’s Faculty/Student Colloquium, Toronto, ON (April 2012)
“Expressing the Inexpressible in the Paintings of Barnett Newman,” St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology Advanced Degree Seminar, Toronto, ON (February 2012)
“Mystical Embrace: Barnett Newman, Primal Desire and Apophasis,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (Explorations of the Religious in Contemporary Art section), San Francisco, CA (November 2011)
“A Theological Aesthetics of Desire: Divine and Human Eros in Pseudo-Dionysius,” Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Syracuse, NY (May 2011)
theology of art, theological aesthetics (Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jacques Maritain); phenomenology and continental philosophy (Heidegger, Marion, Vattimo); film and television theory; the Bible and literature (Frye); experimental cinema; worship and the arts; theology and pop culture; theology and film
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