DITA is committed to its teaching mission at Duke Divinity School. The initiative has sponsored courses and lectures by visiting scholars and a postdoctoral fellow, on subjects ranging from early Christian visual art to the fiction of Flannery O’Connor to contemporary film to the music of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.
Th.D. Concentration in the Arts
One of the possible areas of concentration within Duke’s Th.D. program is theology and the arts, working with Professor Jeremy Begbie and others. At any one time, DITA typically works with six students in the Th.D. program. The Th.D. provides students with academically rigorous training comparable to the demands of the Ph.D.
DITA has established a number of courses in theology and the arts at Duke Divinity School, including:
M.Div./M.T.S. Course – Introduction to Theology and the Arts
Postdoctoral associate Daniel Train teaches this introduction to the ways in which theology can enrich and be enriched by the arts.
M.Div./M.T.S. Course – Theology and Music
Jeremy Begbie teaches this course, which aims to examine some of the way Christians have thought theologically about music, and the ways in which music might inform theology.
M.Div./M.T.S. Course – Beauty, Suffering and the Cross
Postdoctoral associate Daniel Train will be co-teaching this new course with Dr. Ray Barfield. This is an exciting new interdisciplinary initiative.
M.Div./MTS Course - The Passion Narratives: Exegesis, Theology, and the Arts
This course aims to explore the ways in which the four passion narratives can be engaged through contemporary exegesis, church tradition, and diverse art forms, toward fostering scriptural imagination.