Kutter Callaway joined the School of Theology faculty in July 2015 as assistant professor of theology and culture. He has been actively engaged in writing and speaking on the interaction between theology and culture—particularly film, television, and online media—in both academic and popular forums.
Dr. Callaway’s current writing project is concerned with the aesthetic dimensions of atheism. His most recent book is a popular-level text forthcoming through IVP Books, tentatively titled Sex, Spouses, and Singleness. He is also the author of Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue (Baker Academic, 2016) and Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience (Baylor, 2013). He additionally contributed to Halos and Avatars (2010), the first book on theology and video games, and Don’t Stop Believin’ (2012), a dictionary of religion and popular culture.
Callaway has been a steering committee member for the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture group at the American Academy of Religion since 2013. He has also served on the Windrider Film Forum Advisory Board and on the steering committee for the Brehm Center’s Church in Contemporary Culture Initiative since 2011. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Pentecostal Studies, and AAR/SBL/ASOR Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Region. He is ordained as a Baptist minister.
- TC530: Theology and Film
- TC533: Theology and TV
- TC581: Worship, Theology, and the Arts Touchstone
- TC588: Engaging Independent Film
- TC567/867: The Aesthetics of Atheism
- TC849: A Theology of General Revelation
- TC860: Theology and Culture Methods
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Theology and culture, theological aesthetics, public theology, media and technology, film, music, television and audiovisual culture, the church in contemporary culture
- Sex, Spouses, and Singleness: Why Marriage is Not Normative for the Christian Community. Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press [in press, 2017].
- Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.
- Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013.
Articles and Chapters
- “True Grit.” In God in the Movies, edited by Robert K. Johnston and Catherine Barsotti. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017.
- “The Mission.” In God in the Movies, edited by Robert K. Johnston and Catherine Barsotti. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017.
- “Amadeus.” In God in the Movies, edited by Robert K. Johnston and Catherine Barsotti. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017.
- “Noah.” In God in the Movies, edited by Robert K. Johnston and Catherine Barsotti. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017.
- “Syncopated Beats and the History of Sadness: The Affective Fusion of Audience and Film Through Music.” Religions 8, no. 4 (2016).
- “Music and the Mundane in American Beauty.” St. Marks Review 234, no. 4 (2015).
- “Hearing/Listening, Film.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, edited by Dale C. Allison Jr., et al. Vol. 10. De Gruyter Press: Boston, 2015.
- “The Sound of Silence: Westerns, Soundtracks, and Divine Presence through Absence.” In Blessed are the Eyes that Catch Divine Whispering: Silence and Religion in Film, edited by Freek L. Bakker, Mathilde Van Dijk, Leo Van Der Tuin, and Marjeet Verbeek. Marburg: Shuren, 2015.
- Review of Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation through Film, by Jonathan Brant. Journal of Religion and Film 17, no. 2 (2013).
- “I Am Not A Hipster.” Journal of Religion and Film 16, no. 1 (2012).
- “Finding North.” Journal of Religion and Film 16, no. 1 (2012).
- Entries in Don’t Stop Believin’: Pop Culture and Religion from Ben-Hur to Zombies, edited by Robert K. Johnston, Barry Taylor, and Craig Detweiler. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012: “Marilyn Monroe” (22-23), “Mickey Mantle” (20-21), “Muhammad Ali” (34-35), “Tiger Woods” (200-201), and “Woody Allen” (69-70).
- “Wii are Inspirited: The Transformation of Home Video Consoles (and Us).” In Halos and Avatars: Playing (Video) Games with God, edited by Craig Detweiler, 75-88. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
- “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke,” “John.” In Introduction to the New Testament: Global Module Studies 1, book 3. Colorado Springs: Global Action, 2006. (Translated into 14 languages).
Popular-audience Writing and Resources
Dr. Callaway’s CV
Kutter Callaway tweets @kuttercallaway