Throughout history, art has reflected cultural change and development. Great paintings, sculptures, and musical compositions have represented trends in theology and religion as viewed from the artist's cultural context. From Bach's St. John Passion to Bosch's The Last Judgment, the arts display the fusion of theology and culture.
Perhaps you have an academic interest in culture, art, and theology–or you may be a practicing artist who wants a theological and biblical foundation for your work. Either way, Fuller's Theology and Arts emphasis is for you. Studying under faculty members who are pioneers in this area, you will examine the convergence of the arts and culture with theology both historically and currently. You will have the opportunity to interact directly with the arts in classrooms as far-flung as Orvieto, Italy, and the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
How will you explore and influence the connections between the arts and theology?
Clayton Schmit, the Arthur DeKruyter/Christ Church Oak Brook Professor of Preaching, joined Fuller's faculty in 2000, and was also appointed academic director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts in 2001. He teaches homiletics and a variety of courses in liturgical arts. Along with the experience he brings in the field of preaching and worship, he is an accomplished choral music director and published composer. profile
Alumni in Action
John Priddy (MACL 2005)
Film is, arguably, one of the most accessible and powerful communication media in the world today. Fuller alumnus John Priddy understands that better than most, believing that stories using the vehicle of film can raise life-changing issues in the marketplace of ideas. read more
Craig Detweiler (MDiv 1993)
It's just past 9:00 a.m. in Culver City, CA and a blank screen beckons. Screenwriter Craig Detweiler is ready to engage culture--and Hollywood--in a spiritual conversation. The conversation will begin here, in Craig's home, ten miles from the heart of the entertainment industry, as ideas and fingers fly for the next four hours. A missionary with a seemingly unlikely calling, Craig is writing scripts...and building bridges. read more
Emphasis Requirements (24 Units)
Take the following courses:
Choose Three (12 units):
| Worship, Theology and the Arts Touchstone Course (take in your first Fall quarter) |
|TC591||Theology and the Arts Capstone Cohort |
|TC592A ||Theology and the Arts Project Cohort (2 units)|
|TC592B ||Theology and the Arts Project Cohort (2 units)|
Any Theology and Culture course (TC)course schedule