Dr Ivan Khovacs approaches theology as constructive and critical discipline. This forms the foundation for his work in Anglican theology and the public nature of the Christian faith; equally, for research on theology’s interdisciplinary engagement with the arts, film, drama and theories of the stage.
He is currently completing a manuscript for a monograph on theatrical aesthetics and dramatic discourse in theology.
His latest academic article outlines an aesthetic methodology for the theology and film interface, an area that has gained significance in recent years, and attempts to exploit theologically the visual language of film montage and the vicarious perspective of the directorial lens (Cithara 51.1, Nov. 2011).
A critical article on contemporary appropriations of C.S. Lewis as a theologian will appear in The Journal of Inklings Studies (Oxford, 2012), and furthers the appraisals offered in his co-edited volume Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature and Theology (Baylor, 2007).
Academically, he works from the thesis that the Christian appeal to ‘the Word made flesh’ entails a dramatic, imaginative and, ultimately, ‘performative’ understanding of God.
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