Christian Theological Studies constructively engages the breadth of the Christian tradition, its contemporary formations, and the interaction between theology and its social, political and economic contexts. Alongside constructive work in Christian doctrine, the program encompasses work in the relationship between Scripture and theology, moral theology, political theology, philosophical theology, the intellectual history of theology, and the study of theology as a cultural phenomenon. These foci may also include either a quantitative or qualitative dimension such as ethnographic work. The program does not envisage these sub-fields of Christian theological studies as mutually exclusive. Rather, it cultivates projects that include one or more of these approaches, seeing them as mutually illuminating and co-generative.
The size and vibrancy of the field of Christian theology as well as the diverse scholarly trajectories of the faculty, and--last but not least--the world-class scholarship represented in other fields of intellectual inquiry at Duke University all offer students a rich context in which to develop their own emerging scholarly work in Christian Theological Studies. As a whole, the program offers opportunities and frameworks for discovering a specific focus for individual research, a collegial context of learning and robust dialogue, a set of shared reference points and interlocutors, and professional development as a scholar and teacher.