Big Ideas in Little Pictures - Introduction

Welcome to our first talk in the series ‘Big Ideas in Little Pictures’ where Tony unpacks the ‘big idea’ with a picture or schematic. This first talk introduces the framework for the following talks, and makes the case that we can use our human experience of creative thinking to understand – or begin to understand – the mystery of God’s act of creation ex nihilo. Hopefully they will open up a new vista for us of God and reality – the kind of vista that Gregory (among others) conceived. It is a vista that will move us beyond the time-bound, problem and solution thinking that lies behind lots of modern evangelical theology. 

Tony Golsby-Smith

Tony has been the original architect of Gospel Conversations—rather like the conductor of an orchestra—in which his role as the conductor is to attract musicians who are better than he is. In many ways, Gospel Conversations is a journey of exploration shared by Tony and his good friends.

Tony’s professional life explains a lot about the paths of inquiry that Gospel Conversations takes. He is trained originally in English Literature—and poetry in particular—before his first career as a secondary school teacher.  This made him comfortable with mystery and ambiguity as necessary roads to the knowledge of God. He has always been fascinated by the mystery of how human beings create and think, and this led him into a long and influential career in Strategy consulting where his firm, Second Road, helps organisations think together more effectively so they can design the future they desire. All of this gave him a high view of humanity, and the faculties by which we design our worlds—and it also gave him a front-row seat watching how humans collaborate to alter realities and shape worlds. His deep grasp of poetics gave him a Romantic theology—with a view of language that TS Eliot called a ‘raid on the inarticulate’ rather than as a scientific exercise towards precision and definition.

Behind this set of intellectual perspectives—which predispose him to exploring horizons of faith—lies his sense of being enveloped by the lifelong love of the God-man, Jesus of Nazareth, and a predilection for radical grace as the defining feature of God’s work with the cosmos—a legacy he first received from his wondrous mother, Patricia. She prayed every day that Tony would articulate to the world the love of Christ that she experienced but felt lost for words in expressing.

Tony Golsby-Smith

Big Ideas in Little Pictures - Wholes before Parts

Exploring humanity’s mysterious ability to create wholes from parts and Gregory says about the mind of God in creating ex nihilo; that God created all humanity in one ‘man’.
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Tony Golsby-Smith

Big Ideas in Little Pictures - The End before the Beginning

Here is the first of our series of ‘Big Ideas in Little Pictures’. My aim was to take some of the more profound ideas in the talks with David Hart and package them in accessible sketches.
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David Bentley Hart discusses Gregory of Nyssa - Part 3

Our third talk with David Bentley Hart. The towering genius of Augustine casts a long and too often dark shadow over western Christianity.
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David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart discusses Gregory of Nyssa - Part 2

Gregory and his Sister on the Resurrection of all Humanity. How a woman’s mind framed the gospel around the resurrection.
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