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William A. Dyrness

Dean Emeritus and Senior Professor of Theology and Culture

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, Wheaton CollegeBD, Fuller Theological SeminaryDThéol, University of StrasbourgDoctorandus, Free University, AmsterdamPostdoctoral study, Cambridge University

Courses Taught

PH510: Christian ApologeticsST501, 502, 503: Systematic Theology 1, 2, 3ST588: Theology of Africa, Asia, and Latin AmericaST860/560: Theology and CultureTC516: Theology, Worship, and ArtTC519: Medieval Art and Theology (taught in Orvieto)TC546: Contempora

Campus Affiliations

Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the ArtsVisual Faith Institute of Art & ArchitectureCenter for Advanced Theological Studies

Areas of Expertise

Theology and culture (especially theology and the visual arts), Protestant vision since the Reformation in relation to the visual arts, non-Western theology, Christian apologetics, global theology, interfaith aesthetics

“Understanding our culture and Christianity’s relationship to it can only be approached from inside our particular lived situation. Our challenge is not a theoretical one, how to reconcile the idea of Christianity with some theory of culture, but a practi


Dr. Dyrness, in his book The Earth Is God’s: A Theology of American Culture. Explore more voices discussing theology and popular culture here.


William Dyrness, senior professor of theology and culture, joined the Fuller faculty in 1990 and served as dean of the School of Theology from 1990 to 2000. He teaches courses in theology, culture, and the arts, and was a founding member of the Brehm Cent

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