Faculty Profiles

David McNutt

David McNutt, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer of Core Studies

On Faculty since 2009

Dr. David McNutt is Associate Lecturer of Core Studies. He has been teaching at Wheaton College since 2009, and he has taught courses in systematic theology, historical theology, practical theology, theology and the arts, and philosophical aesthetics. Dr. McNutt received a Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of Cambridge (2013), an M.Litt. in Theology from the University of St. Andrews (2005; in conjunction with its Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts), an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (2001), and a B.A. in Religion from Pepperdine University (1997).

His research and writing focuses on the relationship between theology and the arts, the theology of the Reformed tradition, and philosophical aesthetics. He is currently working on several writing projects, including a book on Karl Barth's doctrine of creation and the arts as well as an introduction to aesthetics.

Dr. McNutt is also senior acquisitions editor at Zondervan Academic, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, where he acquires and edits books in theology, philosophy, and related fields and oversees several series, including the New Studies in Dogmatics series, the Los Angeles Theology Conference series, and the Scottish Dogmatics Conference series. He is an ordained teaching elder (the office formerly known as Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer McNutt, serve the church and the academy through McNuttshell Ministries, their teaching, preaching, and writing ministry.

The University of Cambridge
Ph.D., Divinity, 2013

The University of St. Andrews
M.Litt. in Theology, 2005 
Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts

Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., 2001

Pepperdine University
B.A. in Religion, 1997 (Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian)

  • Systematic Theology
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Theological Aesthetics / Philosophical Aesthetics
  • The Theology of the Reformed Tradition
  • The Theology of Karl Barth
  • Creativity
  • Beauty


  • The Analogy of Creation: Karl Barth, the Arts, and a Theology of Creativity (forthcoming, IVP Academic; Studies in Theology and the Arts series) 
  • Know the Theologians, co-authored with Jennifer Powell McNutt (Zondervan, 2024)

Book chapters

  • "Comforter and Disrupter: The Holy Spirit and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life," co-authored with Wesley Vander Lugt (forthcoming) 
  • "The Value of Church Dogmatics 3 for the Arts" in Marty Folsom, Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics for Everyone, Volume 3 (forthcoming, Zondervan Academic)
  • “Hidden in Pop: Andy Warhol’s Art as Modern Religious Iconography” in God in the Modern Wing, eds. Cameron J. Anderson and Walter Hansen (forthcoming, IVP Academic; Studies in Theology and the Arts) 
  • “Finding Its Place: How Karl Barth’s Ecclesiology Can Help the Church Embrace Contemporary Art” in Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds, eds. David Taylor and Taylor Worley, Studies in Theology and the Arts (IVP Academic, 2017) 
  • “I am Jack’s Happy Ending: Fight Club and Tolkien’s Eucatastrophe,” in You Do Not Talk about Fight Club, ed. Read Schuchardt (BenBella Books, 2008)


  • "A Surprising Correspondence: How an Exchange of Letters Between Karl Barth and Dorothy L. Sayers Models Gracious Theological Discourse," in VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center, Vol. 38 (2021), pp. 5-22. 

Christianity Today

Christ and Pop Culture


The online journal of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (University of St. Andrews) - transpositions.co.uk

Visual Commentary on Scripture (thevcs.org)

Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016):

  • “Theology and the Arts”
  • “Worship and the Arts”
  • “Karl Barth”
  • “Calvin Seerveld”
  • “Will H. Hays”

The New Dictionary of Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2016)

  • "Idolatry"

Book reviews

International Journal of Systematic Theology

  • “Cut to a Close-Up of Theology: Recent Work in Religion and Film” (14:2, April 2012): review essay of Paul V.M. Flesher and Robert Torry, Film & Religion: An Introduction; John Lyden, ed., The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film; Clive Marsh, Theology Goes to the Movies; and Jolyon Mitchell and S. Brent Plate, eds., The Religion and Film Reader
  • Review of Richard Viladesau, The Triumph of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation (12:3, July 2010)

Religion and the Arts

  • "Faith and Film" (13:4, 2009): review essay of Ron Austin, In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts; Stephenson Humphries-Brooks, Cinematic Savior: Hollywood’s Making of the American Christ; Peter Malone, ed., Through A Catholic Lens; and Richard Walsh, Finding St. Paul in Film 
  • Review of Robert Wuthnow, All in Sync: How Music and Art are Revitalizing American Religion (13:1, 2009)

Theology: The SPCK Journal

  • Review of James K. Beilby and Paul R. Eddy, eds., Justification: Five Views (116:1, January/February 2013) 
  • Review of Paul Molnar, Incarnation and Resurrection: Toward a Contemporary Understanding (113:1 / 871, January/February 2010) 
  • Review of Bruce McCormack, Orthodox and Modern: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth (112:6 / 870, November 2009)

Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture

  • Review of Bruce Ellis Benson, Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship (11:1, 2015) 
  • Review of William D. Romanowski, Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies (9:2, 2013) 
  • Review of Frank Burch Brown, Inclusive yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully (7:2, 2011) 
  • Review of Alister McGrath and Joanna Collicutt McGrath, The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine (4:2, Summer 2008) 
  • Review of Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (4:2, Summer 2008) 
  • Review of R. Kevin Seasoltz, Sense of the Sacred: Theological Foundations of Christian Architecture and Art (2:1, Winter 2005)

Books & Culture: A Christian Review

The Curator Magazine

Christian Scholar’s Review

  • Review of Richard J. Mouw, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction (XLII:1, Fall 2012)

Anglican Theological Review

  • Review of Judith Wolfe and Brendan N. Wolfe, eds., S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper (96:3, Summer 2014; pp. 631-633) 
  • Review of Steven Ozment, The Serpent and the Lamb: Cranach, Luther, and the Making of the Reformation (96:1, Winter 2014; pp. 197-200)