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Philosophy & Religion

These Bachelor of Arts programs explore the great questions of reality, knowledge, and values. Students will pursue the history of philosophical and religious inquiry that informs the basic assumptions of our contemporary world culture, learn the history of philosophical thought from classical to modern times, and reflect on the major religious texts and practices of the world, especially the Bible and the Judeo-Christian religious traditions.

Overview

Philosophy in the ancient tradition is the love of wisdom. The academic discipline of philosophy embodies such a passion for understanding by exploring the most profound questions regarding these three central issues: metaphysics or reality theory; epistemology or knowledge theory; and axiology or value theory. Philosophy introduces students to the classical world philosophies undergirding many of the basic assumptions of contemporary world culture. In particular, the study of philosophy helps students to develop careful analytic, synthetic, and critical thinking skills.

The study of religion is the study of sacred beliefs about life's purpose and meaning. This study involves an academic inquiry into the major religions of the world, especially the Bible and the Judeo-Christian religious traditions. Religion courses help many students come to grips with the difference between religious traditions and personal religious heritage. Often this contrast promotes a personal journey and a clearer, deeper understanding of religious values and their import for contemporary life.