New Library Resource Supports Theology and the Arts

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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Duke Divinity School library has launched a new resource supporting Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, which promotes an engagement of Christian theology and the arts through an integrated program of teaching, research and arts.

The Theology and the Arts LibGuide is one of a series of guides that offer research assistance, subject guides, and other resources on a variety of topics to students and faculty engaged in coursework and research. The guides can be accessed through the Divinity School Library website, and they can be embedded in Duke’s Blackboard websites for course use.

The Theology and the Arts LibGuide evolved out of a project between senior assistant librarian Luba Zakharov and Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology. While creating a resource guide for a class, they identified the need for a guide that would provide an overall view of theology and the arts.

The guide includes sections for specific subject areas such as literature, visual arts and film, as well as a section on Internet resources, which highlights blogs, organizations, and other programs that explore discussions of faith through religion and the arts.

According to Zakharov, the guide includes many unique resources that, instead of taking an ethnographic approach, look at arts through the lens of Christianity in a way that emphasizes a creative God who initiates within individuals a creative vision.

“The guide is set up based on the way Jeremy Begbie sees theology and the arts,” she says. “He talks about it as theology of the arts, and through the arts. I also added other foundational titles on the subject for the guide.”