Through events, teaching, and research, DITA is dedicated to showing how the arts can be enriched by theology, and theology in turn renewed through the arts. Our faculty and alumni are among some of the leading scholars and voices in the field of theology and the arts. The research conducted by DITA faculty and alumni is diverse and represents vital contributions to the conversation about theology and the arts.

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Featured Alumni Publication: Theology and the Visual Arts

International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol. 25, Issue 2

Featuring submissions from top scholars in the field, such as Natalie Carnes and Sujin Pak, on topics from John Calvin’s visual exegesis of the Old Testament to the ethical dimensions of vision in John Edwards, this issue, guest edited by DITA alumnus Franklin Tanner Capps, represents some of the newest research in the field of theology and the arts.

"Each of these articles presents a new perspective on the visual theology of ordinary and extraordinary material form. Theophanies, bread and wine, the word-picture, an unbulleted martyred heart, doves, spiderwebs, and the eye itself are all presented as sites of divine relationship for those with the eyes to see." —Franklin Tanner Capps, Director, the Miller Summer Youth Institute for Children

Selected Alumni Research

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A Body of Praise

By W. David O. Taylor Published 2023

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The Theater of God’s Glory: Calvin, Creation, and the Liturgical Arts

By W. David O. Taylor Published 2017

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Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts

By W. David O. Taylor Published 2019

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Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life

By W. David O. Taylor Published 2020

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