Christian faith, poetry, and paint: Exposing the curse of literalism

Date and time

Monday 24 October, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Mark Oakley


Admission free

Canon Mark Oakley explores how and why Christian faith has expressed itself poetically and artistically and why such imaginative engagement with religious faith is necessary in combating the ‘curse of literalism’ that currently diminishes it.

Mark Oakley

Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral with particular responsibility for educational work and engagement with the arts. He is a visiting lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s College London and has written and lectured widely on the ways in which art explores theological themes. 

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from Andrea del Verrocchio, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels, about 1467-9