William A. Dyrness

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Theology and CultureSchool of Theology

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BA, Wheaton College
BD, Fuller Theological Seminary
DThéol, University of Strasbourg
Doctorandus, Free University, Amsterdam
Postdoctoral study, Cambridge University

William Dyrness, 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 Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts.

Dyrness has over 30 years of teaching experience in the United States, the Philippines, Kenya, and South Korea. He has published work in a variety of fields, including theology and culture, apologetics, theology and art, and global missions. His recent works include Poetic Theology (2010), A Primer in Christian Worship (2009), the Global Dictionary of Theology (co-edited with Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, 2008), Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship (2008), Reformed Theology and Visual Culture: The Protestant Imagination from Calvin to Edwards (2004), Visual Faith (2001), Changing the Mind of Missions with James F. Engel (2000), and The Earth Is God's: A Theology of American Culture (1997). He has also served on the national boards of Christians in the Visual Arts (Wenham, MA), 1999 to 2005, and Development Associates International (Colorado Springs, CO), 2000 to the present, and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is currently at work on a major research project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation on the use of visual images in worship in Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim communities. Additionally, he is currently writing a book with art historian Dan Siedell on the religious influences of modern art.

Courses Taught

  • PH510: Christian Apologetics
  • ST588: Theology of Africa, Asia, and Latin America
  • TC860/560: Theology and Culture Seminar
  • TC516: Theology and Art
  • TC519: Medieval Art and Theology
  • TC862/562: Dante's Comedy: Art/Theology
  • TC516: Theology, Worship, and Art
  • TC564: A Theology of Beauty
  • MD543: Introduction to Global Theology
  • MT700/800: Tutorial in Mission Theology
  • MT543: Theology in Global Perspective

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

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

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Dr. Dyrness’s CV

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