Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Religion and the Arts

True art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience. Saint John Paul II

Biblical movie poster from the collection
of Santa Fe Institute.

The Religion and the Arts concentration offers students the opportunity to apply the dynamic cross sections of philosophy and theology to the very nature and role of art in society and the Church. Students discover the anthropological foundations for human creativity, and realize how art interprets the human experience - what ails our contemporary society, what gives it life and joy, and how the fine arts can touch the Divine. This area of concentration is intended for students in the MA Theology or Concurrent MA Option.

The DSPT difference in Religion and the Arts

  • the Dominican tradition of using the fine arts as a tool for preaching and evangelization
  • DSPT Faculty specializing in Christian iconography and contemporary cinema, aesthetics, Church history and anthropology
  • the Santa Fe Institute providing a specialized library with an extensive collection of over 12,000 volumes dedicated to religion and the arts
  • engagement with established professional of the DSPT College of Fellows who work in film, poetry, fiction, and journalism
  • a dynamic and supportive advanced research environment through GTU, CARE (Center for the Arts) and UC Berkeley Art and Art History

For program details, see the DSPT Student Handbook.

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Always consult the Student Handbook for program details. 

DSPT Faculty

Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, Theological aesthetics
Fr. Michael Morris, OP, Religion and the Arts
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Philosophical aesthetics
Fr. Chris Renz, OP, Creative Intuition; Liturgy
Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, History


Kathryn Barush, Art History and Religion
Harry Cronin, CSC, Theological Aesthetics, Theater
Ron Nakason Buddhist, Art and Culture
Rossitza Schroeder,  Art History, Medieval Studies
Devin Zuber, American Studies, Literature

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