Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) has announced the appointment of Professor Roger Lundin as the initiative's first Visiting Scholar in Residence. Professor Lundin will be at Duke Divinity School for the 2014 spring semester. A prolific author and speaker, he is currently the Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.
Lundin’s interests include 19th-century American literature, the relationship of Christianity to literature, and modern intellectual history, with a special interest in philosophy and theology. His recent books include Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age, Eerdmans, 2009; From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005; and Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief, 2nd ed., Eerdmans, 2004. Of From Nature to Experience, Professor Stanley Hauerwas writes, “This could well be one of the more important books written in recent times, and hopefully it will receive the wide readership it so richly deserves.”
Professor Lundin will be teaching and taking full part in DITA’s activities, as well as pursuing various research projects of his own. “I am delighted at the prospect of spending a semester at Duke working alongside Jeremy Begbie and his colleagues and with an excellent cohort of students at the Divinity School,” he says. “This time at Duke offers a unique opportunity for me to explore in depth a central concern of my own teaching and writing, that being the extraordinarily rich relationship between theology and literature.”