Center for Christianity
and Scholarship

A Home for Christian Life & Learning at Duke

We believe that Christian intellectual exploration & imagination yield abundant life.

God calls us to love him as whole people, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Too often, modern Christians have neglected to love God with their whole minds, fearing that intellectual inquiry endangers faith. But when we dare to question, test, and learn with open minds and hearts receptive to God, reason strengthens our faith, deepens our relationship with Christ, and equips us to be better citizens of the university and the world. The truly abundant life embraces our whole humanity—spirit and intellect, reason and faith, theory and practice, eruditio et religio.

We help Duke students and faculty:

Think Christianly

We believe that Christians are called to excel in every field of academic study to the glory of God—from history to biology to economics to engineering and computing, and more. Connecting students and faculty with scripture, the best of the Christian tradition, and brilliant thinkers today, we foster the exploration of life's important questions from a distinctively Christian perspective.

Build Community

CCS is a resource for everyone at Duke who is interested in the Christian intellectual tradition— for faculty, graduate students, and undergrads, Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox, cradle Christians and people of no religious faith looking for answers or arguments. By hosting conversations on questions that matter, CCS fosters deep friendships with like-minded lovers of truth.

Engage the University

Bridging the gap between what we learn in church on Sunday and what we learn in lectures and labs throughout the week, we equip students and faculty to engage the university with Christian understanding. Students and faculty well informed about Christian doctrine, respectful and curious about other sources of knowledge, and eager to dialogue across difference will be winsome witnesses for Christ at Duke and beyond.

What we offer

Courses and Reading Groups

CCS offers both for-credit and extracurricular courses on a wide range of topics, like “Science and Faith,” “Can the New Testament Be Trusted?” and “Beauty, Suffering, and the Cross.” We partner with Duke faculty to offer half-credit house courses and full-credit departmental courses. We also offer extracurricular short courses and reading groups.

Weekly Wednesday Meals

Each Wednesday, CCS hosts an informal social time to relax and connect with fellow Christians. Drop in on Wednesday evenings for free food and lively conversations on everything from Duke basketball to infant baptism, from tech addiction to contemporary Christian art. 

CCS House

The CCS House, located just off of East Campus, is open Monday-Friday as a study space. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to write, a meeting space for your study group, or a break over board games, enjoy a house that feels like home. Our growing library of theological books is also available as a resource—you’re welcome to browse and borrow.

Faculty Support

As a center for scholarship, we support Christian Duke faculty in the work of research and teaching. Invited speaker events like the Triangle Roundtable and social events like our back-to-school cookout build networks of friends and colleagues. Focused working groups of 3-10 faculty partner together for mentorship, research collaboration, and theological training. 

...and much more.

A home away from home.

Minds don’t think. People do. And people think in homes.

That's us!

East Campus

Upcoming Events

Undergrads
Grad Students
Faculty
Friends

Augustine’s Confessions

Mon, Feb 26 at 6 p.m.

Read one of the indispensable classics of Western literature, get to know one of the greatest theologians of the Christiantradition, and join him and us on the timeless quest to find truth amid confusion and controversy and rest for the soul in a restless world. Rereaders and first-time readers equally welcome. Cosponsored by the Center for Christianity and Scholarship and Fons Vitae.

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Undergrads

The Case for Christ Reading Group

Mon, Feb 26 at 4 p.m.

This group will read through The Case for Christ by former Chicago Tribue journalist Lee Strobel. The book chronicles Strobel’s journey from atheism to belief after investigating the claims of Christianity. Join us to experience his journey and his encounters with university professors in conversations about the veracity of Christianity.

Contact Edward at edward.dixon@duke.edu for more information.

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Undergrads
Grad Students
Faculty

Weekly Wednesday Meal

Wed, Feb 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Come join us for our weekly meal! We'll enjoy fellowship with one another over food prepared by a member of our local community.

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