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Duke University campus
Divinity School
Use Divinity School
Style Gothic
Erected 1926
Location West Campus
Namesake None
Architect Horace Trumbauer
Julian Abele, Chief Designer
Addition 2005 by Hartman-Cox Architects
Website Duke Divinity

The Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina is one of thirteen seminaries founded and supported by the United Methodist Church. It has 39 full time and 18 part time faculty and over 500 full time students.

It was founded in 1926 as the first graduate school at Duke, following a large endowment by James B. Duke, a tobacco magnate, in 1924. The Divinity School carries on from the original founding of Trinity College at the site in 1859, which provided free training for Methodist preachers in exchange for support from the church. Though the school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it is also ecumenical in outlook and has both faculty and students from a variety of denominations.

The Divinity School building was recently renovated and also expanded. The Hugh A. Westbrook Building, which opened in 2005, is 53,000 square feet (4,900 m2). It also contains the 315-seat Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson Chapel with 55-foot (17 m)-high ceilings, office space, a bookstore, cafe, outdoor patio, and a 177-seat lecture hall.


Academics and Programs

The Divinity School offers Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Master of Theology degrees. A Ph.D. in religion is available through the Graduate School, drawing upon the resources of faculties of the Divnity School and the Department of Religion. A Doctor of Theology, or Th.D, program began in the fall of 2006. It focuses on areas of study such as worship, evangelism, preaching, and the arts which are neglected by the Ph.D. program.

The programs run through the school include[1]:

  • Theology and the Arts
  • Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • Anglican Episcopal House of Studies
  • Baptist House of Studies
  • Black Church Studies
  • Center for Reconciliation
  • Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life
  • Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation
  • Ormond Center
  • Pulpit and Pew
  • Sustaining Pastoral Excellence
  • Health Initiatives Program
  • Thriving Rural Communities
  • Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

The Divinity School is perhaps most noted in American theological circles for serving as a fountainhead of postliberalism, or narrative theology, a movement originating in the 1960s and 1970s at Yale Divinity School.

Duke Divinity also benefits from the resources of the Duke Endowment, providing an outlet for this fund's support of higher education and the rural church in North Carolina. Resources from this endowment go towards student internships in rural North Carolina Methodist churches, further clergy development, and other progams.

Notable Faculty

The recently completed Goodson Chapel, part of the Divinity School's latest addition.
  • Jeremy Begbie, Thomas Langford Research Professor of Theology and Director of the Duke Initiative in Theology and the Arts
  • J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor in Theology and Black Church Studies
  • Ellen Davis, Professor of Bible and Practical Theology
  • Paul Neff Garber, Dean (1941-44), later Bishop of The Methodist Church
  • Paul Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Theology
  • Amy Laura Hall, Professor of Theological Ethics
  • Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics (1984- )
  • Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament
  • Joel Marcus, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
  • Richard Heitzenrater, William Kellon Quick Professor of Church History and Wesley Studies
  • Reinhard Hütter, Associate Professor of Theology
  • L. Gregory Jones, Dean and Professor of Theology
  • Richard Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching
  • Randy Maddox, Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Professor of Theology & Wesleyan Studies
  • D. Moody Smith, George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament
  • Warren Smith, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology
  • David C. Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity, Emeritus
  • William C. Turner, Jr., Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics
  • Timothy Tyson, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture
  • Geoffrey Wainwright, Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology
  • Grant Wacker, Professor of Church History
  • Samuel Wells, Dean of Chapel and Research Professor of Ethics
  • Lauren Winner, Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality

Notable alumni

The interior of Goodson Chapel

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