• Bob Jansen, C.PP.S. ’06, Philosophy major,  says that the Core Program and his studies in theology at SJC pushed him to think outside the box.

Department of Philosophy and Religion

The studies of religion and philosophy and their impacts on our world are integral to the liberal education offered by SJC. As part of the College’s Catholic identity, every student is required to deal with religious and philosophical concepts throughout the Core Curriculum. Because the Core Program introduces students to the basic ideas of religion and philosophy, the Department of Philosophy and Religion faculty are able to begin classes with complex ideas. In turn, Department of Philosophy and Religion students investigate some of life’s ultimate questions in a logical, systematic way and become skilled analyzers and critical thinkers.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion consists of professors and clergy who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. In classes ranging between 7 and 10 students, our Philosophy and Religion faculty members can tailor classes to meet students’ needs and give their students the personal attention they deserve.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion includes the following programs and majors:


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Publications

  • Book review of “Against a Hindu God: Buddhist Philosophy of Religion in India” by Parimal Patil in Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 18 (2011): 152-157
  • “’I Think You and I are Destined to Do this Forever’: A Reading of the Batman/Joker Story Cycle through the Combat Myth” in The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 23:2 (Summer 2011): 236-250
  • “Bowing to the Buddha: Dialogues in the Buddhists Nikâyas,” a chapter in Dialogue and Early south Asian Religions: Reading the Sources
  • “Convince the Professor: Classroom Debate with a Twist” in Teaching Theology and Religion, 15.1 (January 2012): 41
  • “Dialogues with Death: Ma-ra, Yama, and Coming to Terms with Mortality in Classical Hindu and Indian Buddhist Traditions” in Religions of South Asia in volume 6, issue 2
  • Book review of St. Irenaeus by Denis Minns for www.catholic bookreviews.org

Presentations

  • “A Twist of the Screwtape: A Comparison of the Representations of the Demonic in C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters and Ajahn Punnadhammo’s Letter from Ma’ra” at the American Academy of Religion Midwest Regional Meeting
  • “Tensions of Identity: The Christian Other” at a conference held at the Catholic Theological Union
  • “How the Wolrd Ended: Retrospective Eschatology and the Theology of Hope Versus Loss” at the American Academy of Religion National Meeting

Where Philosophy and Religion Meet Core

All of the Department of Philosophy and Religion’s majors and minors are excellent complements to SJC’s Core Program. Because the Core Program introduces students to the basic ideas of religion and philosophy, the Department of Philosophy and Religion faculty are able to begin classes with complex ideas. Both Core and our Department of Philosophy and Religion programs are designed to teach students to investigate some of life’s ultimate questions in a logical, systematic way. As a result, the department’s students become skilled in analysis and critical thinking and are prepared to pursue a variety of career and graduate study aspirations, including priesthood, professional ministry, philosophy, law school, and more.


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“Dr. John Nichols Announces Retirement”: longtime Department of Philosophy and Religion professor announces retirement


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  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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