Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA)  has announced the appointment of Daniel Train as its first postdoctoral associate. Train will be working for DITA during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Born and raised in Bolivia, Train graduated with a B.A. in English from Biola University and an M.A. from Baylor University. Earlier this year he was awarded a Ph.D. from Baylor in religion and literature. His dissertation focused on the work of Flannery O’Connor, offering a critique of both secular and Christian attempts to understand the violence of her fiction. In it, he draws on von Balthasar’s contention that the form of Christ on the cross is supremely beautiful and that Christianity is “the aesthetic religion par excellence.”
As well as working on his own research project on redemptive suffering, Daniel will be teaching courses in theology and literature for DITA and will participate in seminars with doctoral students.
Daniel writes, “I’m very excited for the opportunity to live and learn within the community of scholars and students at Duke. I really couldn’t have scripted a better situation for me to continue pursuing the kinds of questions about beauty and creativity which have always animated my scholarship and teaching. I know my own thinking will be immeasurably enriched by the DITA community, and I am grateful for the chance to share in such a tremendous project.”