Book Launch with Christopher Pramuk

Join us for a book launch celebration with Christopher Pramuk for his new book The Artist Alive.

Dr. Christopher Pramuk is an associate professor of theology and the University Chair of Ignatian Thought and Imagination at Regis University in Denver. A lifelong student of rock and roll, the blues, and the African American spirituals, Chris has long explored the power of music, poetry, and the arts to open up life’s deepest and most enduring questions. The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art and Theology is Chris’s sixth book, drawing from 25 years of classroom experience and offering a contemplative reading of classic works by Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Indigo Girls and Bruce Springsteen, among many others. A uniquely personal and interdisciplinary voice uniting spirituality and the arts, The Artist Alive has been described by reviewers as a “poetic and imaginative theological vision, a work of art in its own right," and "itself a work of wonder, resistance and hope." 


About The Artist Alive: Are songwriters, painters, filmmakers, and other artists modern-day prophets in society and church? Can art be a vehicle of hope, stirring that wondrous if elusive capacity in human beings to imagine a more just, humane, and joyful future?

Through critical and contemplative engagement with classics in music, film, literature, and visual arts, Christopher Pramuk’s The Artist Alive: Explorations in Music, Art & Theology invites us to explore these and other questions. Attentive to the deep longings of the human and spiritual journey, Pramuk posits the arts as a doorway into the life of spirit and sacred presence. Rather than proposing “answers,” he outlines a way of seeing, hearing, and praying through some of life’s most enduring spiritual and theological questions. With more than a dozen case studies featuring various artists, prompts for contemplative practices, and a focus on today’s most urgent social and spiritual issues, The Artist Alive weaves a spirituality of wonder, resistance, and hope: a prophetic response to the utilitarian, militarized, marketplace vision of reality that bears down upon and dehumanizes so many in our time. Through loving examination of artists and their art, Pramuk convincingly conveys the possibility of a more humane and joyful way of being in the world.

“This is one of our most urgent and beautiful tasks today: to teach to the imaginations of young people, to feed their wonder, to dare them to imagine, in spite of it all, a future of peace.” -  Christopher Pramuk, The Artist Alive

Event date: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm