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Media and Theology Mix it Up on Campus

By Rachel Heston-Davis Media and Theology Mix it Up on Campus

Faculty from the Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry at Greenville College recently teamed up with faculty from the College’s Media Communication Department to present an engaging interdisciplinary approach to theology. 

In collaboration with Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies Matt Bernico and the Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies (CVCMS), Ben Wayman, 2016-17 Andrews Fellow in Christian Unity, hosted Dean Dettloff on campus for a colloquium on Christian unity on March 7.

Dettloff writes about the intersections of religion, politics, and media. A doctoral candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada, he and Bernico had previously collaborated on a paper that appeared in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.

Bernico stated that collaboration between theology and media is a natural fit. “Both disciplines offer a unique set of conceptual tools that help us understand our world technically and faithfully. When the Bastian school and CVCMS get to team up, GC students get a type of perspective and intellectual engagement that is incredibly unique, novel and cutting edge––I don't think any other CCCU schools are making the strong interdisciplinary connections that we are between media studies and theology. 

In Dettloff’s lecture, "In the World, Not of It: Christianity and Media in the Electric Age," he explored how the faith of both Marshall McLuhan and Paul Virilio plays out as a foundation of their theories of media and technology.

"The Christian faith is integral to every discipline of study at Greenville College,” said Ben Wayman. “The Bastian School's recent collaboration with Dr. Bernico and the CVCMS is one example of the way in which communication and media studies at Greenville College is shot-through with the glory of God."


Learn more about theology and communication at Greenville College:

The Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy and Ministry

Education That Prepares For Evolution

Hat Trick of GC Influences In Wesleyan Thought

This story was published on March 29, 2017

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