Friday, February 19, 2010

purchased: philosophers fingerpuppets, now wanted: theologians fingerpuppets

These little people are being ordered today:

the philosophers fingerpuppets, care of my Ministry Enhancement Allowance, in preparation for some upcoming input.

At Spirit of Wonder: imagining a church immersed in culture (part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, more info here), I am providing two blocks of input. One is on imagination, leadership and culture, the other on the Spirit, the Bible and culture.

In a moment of mad randomness with Craig yesterday, I was talking about how imagination has a history and the need for us to find our story within that history. Craig, totally lateral thinker that he is, mentioned a shop that sold philosophers fingerpuppets. Nietzsche, Plato and Kant. Who all had things to say about imagination! Who all deserve to make an appearance at the Spirit of Wonder!

So that’s the creative spark that suddenly clicked the first session. Yes!

Which only leaves the second session – theologians fingerpuppets – like Moses and the tabernacle makers, like Deborah and Hannah, like Mary and the 70/2 anonymous in Luke 10, like Peter – who all also deserve to make an appearance at Spirit of Wonder, because they all have a lot to say about imagination and a church immersed in culture.

Posted by steve at 08:42 AM


  1. Better watch out, if you put on the Kant finger puppet you’ll start speaking in sentences five times longer than usual and in a dialect sufficiently different to english (or german) that people won’t be able to understand you without knowing why.

    Comment by Iain — February 19, 2010 @ 8:50 am

  2. My reading of Kant is through the lens of Richard Kearney, The Wake of Imagination. Irish! So I’ll need to work on my Irish lilted, Germaniac sentence structures.

    Which still leaves the question of what accent did Plato, and the Golum of the Hebraic narrative, use?


    Comment by steve — February 19, 2010 @ 8:55 am

  3. If you find a source of theologian finger puppets let me know!

    Comment by Mary — March 5, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

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