Daniel Lightsey

Daniel Lightsey

Graduate Student in Systematic Theology


Email: dlightsey@mail.smu.edu


Daniel is fascinated by the interplay of traditional theological foci and the arts, chiefly fiction, poetry, and visual studies. For example, he is concerned with how the rich language of classical Christianity can continually rejuvenate contemporary languages of joy, grief, and doubt; how forms like poetry are unique sites of revelation, detonate clichés, and invite deeper explorations of the faith; and how absorbing diverse genres of theology and fiction can encourage virtuous life in the quotidian (e.g., from Maximos the Confessor’s Ambigua to Teresa of Ávila’s The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself to contemporary fiction like Marilynne Robinson’s HousekeepingToni Morrison’s Beloved, or Eugene Vodolazkin’s Laurus). Daniel belongs to the lovely Celeste Jean, and they have a little bundle of joyful mischief, Rowan. When Daniel is not perusing theological texts and images, he is probably on a long walk with Celeste and Rowan, re-reading George Eliot novels or the poetry of A.R. Ammons, or enjoying a pint with friends at a local pub while watching Premiership rugby.