Imagining What We Might Be: What Dorothy Sayers Teaches Us About the Imagination, the Church, and the Artist's Life



The Church is losing its imaginative vision for what God made it to be. With a diminished imagination comes a loss of discipleship, identity, and a relationship to creativity vital to the Church’s purpose in the world. It’s in a renewal of the redeemed imagination that the Church might live into its nature as the created work of God and might rediscover spiritual formation of the lives of its artists. To look at the Church’s impaired imaginative life alongside the discipleship of its creatives, I will bring in the work of Dorothy Sayers to focus on imagination, creativity, and the artless nature of the modern Church.


Author, C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing

Corey has a B.A. in Biblical studies, M.A. in New Testament Studies, M.A. in English, and Ph.D. in Literature. He has taught in Christian higher education and served in ministry for over ten years. A few of his passions in ministry include teaching biblical interpretation, creating discipleship relationships, and helping people see God’s purpose for their lives. Corey writes and teaches on C. S. Lewis, Christian Worldview, Theology and Literature, New Testament Studies, Apologetics, and Biblical Theology. He has published several books, including “Election and Unity in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans,” “Functioning Fantasies: Ideology, Theology, and Social Conception in the Fantasies of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien,” “When the Eternal Can Be Met: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden,” “C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing,” and (forthcoming) “Chasing Adam: A Return to Being Christian.” Corey’s poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction have appeared in several journals. Outside of Downline, Corey serves as Young Adult and Teaching Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church and Vice President of Academics at Visible Music College. Corey and his wife Jennifer have two sets of twin children, Justice and London, and Augustus and Emma Jane.

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