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Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 249–264 | Cite as

The Lessons of Artistic Creativity for Pastoral Theologians

  • Donald Capps
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Abstract

This article applies David W. Galenson’s (2006) typology of artistic creativity to pastoral theology. Galenson identifies two types of painters—conceptualists and experimentalists—and shows that their most important innovations occur at different stages of an artist’s career, that their methods are very different, and that each type produces predictable career frustrations which may, however, be counteracted. The fact that these types are found among sculptors, poets, novelists and film directors leads Galenson to propose that they are also found among scholars, thus inviting application of the findings of the study to pastoral theology as a discipline and to individuals who identify themselves as pastoral theologians. Galenson’s work is supplemented by Thomas Dormandy’s (2000) study of older painters.

Keywords

Erik H. Erikson David W. Galenson Painters Artistic creativity Pastoral theology Conceptualists Experimentalists Innovation Age Career frustrations Scholars Thomas Dormandy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton Theological SeminaryPrincetonUSA

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