Faith in Detection

Saturday 5 November 2022
10am to 4pm at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House

Why are there so many detective dramas on television? What deeper mysteries does this genre seek to explore? We shall spend a day pondering these questions, which open up theological mysteries of the nature of evil, judgement, forgiveness and the ordering of the cosmos. Beginning with the Bible, including the Book of Job and the detective work of Daniel, our journey will take us through Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, and Sherlock Holmes stories to Dorothy Sayers’ The Nine Tailors, Simenon and right up to recent dramas such as Broadchurch and Father Brown.

detection imageAlison Milbank is Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster. She works on many aspects of the relation of faith and the arts from Dante to Harry Potter, with a particular expertise in Gothic and horror fiction. She is currently writing on divine indwelling and the agency of nature in natural philosophy, poetry and art and a sequel to For the Parish, which she co-wrote with Andrew Davison in 2010: The Once and Future Parish.

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