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Durham University

Centre for Digital Theology

MA in Digital Theology

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Cranmer Hall has decided to discontinue the MA in Digital Theology. The Centre for Digital Theology is therefore currently exploring alternative arrangements in order to deliver the core modules during the academic year 2020/21. Please contact jonas.kurlberg@durham.ac.uk for enquiries.

The Masters in Digital Theology is the first degree of its kind across the world offering a unique opportunity for theological reflection on digital culture and its impact on contemporary religious practice - especially within the context of Christianity.

The course explores:

  • how we think theologically about digital culture and how we might apply digital methodologies to our theological thinking
  • how key theological themes are impacted by serious engagement with digitality - what do we mean by incarnation in a digital world; how do we live ethically amidst digital technology; might transhumanism be a form of apocalypticism?
  • how religious practice adapts within a dominant digital culture, especially digitally mediated Christianity and whether there are boundaries to that adaptation.

You can take the course both as a one year full time student, or part-time over two or three years. The course will be taught through two teaching blocks, initially in the historic world heritage site of Durham's medieval city, using a variety of online and offline settings.

Modules:

  • Digital Theology
  • Digitally Mediated Christianity
  • Methodology Module - a choice from:
    • Theological and Practical Reflection on Ministry and Mission
    • Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion
    • Ecclesiology and Ethnography
  • One free choice module from a range across Durham's Theology provision, including:
    • Biblical Literacy in a Media Culture
    • The Dialogue of Science and Religion
    • Intellect and Imagination: Apologetics in the Mass Media
  • Dissertation

"The content, structure and flexibility of the MA in Digital Theology is assisting me in my ministry and the regular supervision and the delight of exchanging ideas with fellow students by learning from their own contexts are all aspects of part-time study that I am valuing immensely. What is great about digital culture is that it challenges us all over again on how to be properly human. I have experienced how this is a well-run course, and with the benefit of a study day, it has brought energy and creativity to my ministry and pushed my thinking further than it would have gone without it." Rev. Craig Philbrick

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