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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion!

Methodist University offers a BA (Bachelor of Arts Degree) in Religion and a variety of religion and philosophy courses especially helpful to those preparing for seminary or graduate school, or for anyone who would like to develop both critical thinking and a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Many of our courses are designed to explore the complex relationship between God, faith, and the world. We also offer courses in ancient Greek, medical and business ethics, and logic. We welcome traditional students, nontraditional students, members of the greater Fayetteville community, and anyone who would like to audit a course just for fun. We also offer classes online for those interested in distance learning. Here is a sampling of some of our more popular religion courses:

  • Religion and Film: Watch Hollywood, foreign, and independent films and engage in discussions about the history of religion, major religious traditions, various religious world views, as well as film genres, patterns, and techniques. Movie buffs always enjoy this class!
  • Biblical Literature: Take a journey from Genesis to Revelation with an emphasis on the historical and literary traditions of select Bible stories, as well as an examination of the Bible's overall account of God's desire for an intimate relationship with humanity. (also offered online!)
  • Jesus and The Gospels: Study the images of Jesus in gospels as well as their historical interpretation and culture. Readings include Jesus Through the Centuries, Reading the Gospels in the Dark, and a Jesus novel (e.g., The Gospel According to Biff or Only Begotten Daughter).
  • Religious Literature: Explore the transformation that lies at the heart of both religion and religious literature. Select texts include spiritual autobiographies, creative nonfiction essays, short stories, novels, poems, and screenplays. Discussions include: salvation as a transformation of sight, images of the spiritual life, and the nature of our relationship with God. (also offered online!)
  • The Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien & C. S. Lewis: Meet C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, close friends and the first readers of each other's work, and examine their respective writings and theologies in conversation with each other. This class considers why Lewis and Tolkien chose to voice their religious views and beliefs in the genre of fairy-stories and the epic myth.
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