ARTS 564/SPIR 564

The Holy Spirit and the Arts

This course is also offered as SPIR 564

Course Description

For centuries, many have perceived a strong bond between the work of the Spirit and artistic creativity. Talk of inspiration, spirituality, and the life of the spirit abounds when the arts are in view. This course asks why this might be so. What is it about the arts that lends itself so easily to “spirit-talk,” and what is it about the person and work of the Holy Spirit that often leads us to talk about the arts, aesthetics, and artistic creativity? Finally, how can the arts be more effective agents of the Spirit’s activity in the church and world?

Special Note: Assignments for this course will be marked by a qualified grader.

Dates Jul 29–Aug 2
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Jeremy Begbie

Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and McDonald Agape Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts

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There are no prerequisites for this course.
The friendships and relationships I’ve made during my time at Regent have opened my eyes to how immensely rich, diverse, and massive the body of Christ is. When I hear the stories of many of my classmates, I see Jesus’s immense provision and grace for the church.” — Alexander Marees