Lecture Series Focuses on Theology and the Arts

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) presents its first distinguished lecture series this spring. The series, which begins Jan. 21, offers an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to hear from and interact with leading scholars in the field.

All of the lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 0014 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School.

The Jan. 21 lecture will be presented by Nicholas Wolterstorff, professor emeritus of philosophical theology at Yale University. His subject is "Through Beauty and the Aesthetic to Art in Life"

“Professor Wolterstorff has contributed a huge amount to the conversation between faith and the arts,” said Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology and director of DITA. “Indeed, he played a leading part in designing his own home Church.”

Roger Lundin, professor of English at Wheaton College and an authority on the interaction of faith and doubt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, will deliver the second lecture, titled “Modern Literature and the Question of Belief.”

Robin Jensen of Vanderbilt University, who has established a reputation as a leading writer on early Christian art, will give the third lecture: “Early Visual Art as Patristic Theology.”

A question-and-answer period will follow each lecture, and light refreshments will be served. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The lecture schedule follows:

January 21
"Through Beauty and the Aesthetic to Art in Life"
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

February 25
"Modern Literature and the Question of Belief"
Roger Lundin, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College

March 18
"Early Visual Art as Patristic Theology: The Trinity, Christology, and the Economy of Salvation in Pictorial Form"
Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship, Vanderbilt University

For details about the lectures, contact Carole Baker.