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MINS414 Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission (Advanced)

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The role of the arts in expressing, shaping, nourishing and critiquing Christian faith, including how the arts in different theological traditions might enrich Christian ministry and mission.

Paper title Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission (Advanced)
Paper code MINS414
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (4 July 2022 - 12 November 2022) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PAST 322
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.

Academic Liaison: Professor Murray Rae - email

Teaching staff

Dr Judith Brown

Paper Structure

This paper will cover 3 topics:

  • Theology and the arts
  • Theology, music and the visual arts
  • The arts in Christian theology and public space: seeking God in culture and art

  • Assessment:
  • Two 3000-word essays (50% each)

Teaching Arrangements

This paper will be taught as a one-week compulory intensive block course in Dunedin.  Lectures will be held from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July inclusive.


  • Michael Austin, Explorations and Art, Theology, and Imagination, Sheffield: Taylor & Francis, 2014

  • Jeremy Begbie, Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary Perspective, Global Perspective, Cultural Understanding, Critical Thinking Information Literacy, Research Skills, Self-Motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Engage appreciatively and critically with secular sources that reveal the possibility of grace in unexpected places and forms.
  2. Reflect critically on issues of meaning in culture.
  3. Communicate and appraise a range of methods and interpretive skills that facilitate critical analysis.
  4. Give evidence in assignments of reflection that is structured and creative, and that uses appropriate academic style.
  5. Demonstrate respect for the integrity of the arts.
  6. Communicate the character of faith as an informed and active participation in God's wider revelation.

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1st Non standard period (4 July 2022 - 12 November 2022)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-15:50 27
Tuesday 09:00-15:50 27
Wednesday 09:00-15:50 27
Thursday 09:00-15:50 27
Friday 09:00-11:50 27