Religion

Students participate in a Religion seminar

About the Religion Program

Religion courses at MU develop a deeper understanding of the “big questions” that occur at the limits of human experience. Coursework in religion is valuable in three respects:

  1. It broadens your intellectual horizons and can be spiritually fulfilling.
  2. This program trains you in research, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning, which are all skills desired by employers today, no matter the industry.
  3. If your goal is a career in ministry or graduate study of religion, this major gives you the required foundation in theory, method, and tradition required for further study.

What Can You Do with a Religion Degree?

Basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. Religion majors have successfully gone on to professional jobs in:

  • Business
  • Counseling & Social Work
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Ministry

Contact the Religion Program

Dr. Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion
(910) 480-8530
Trustees 200D
Dr. Kevin Hoffman
Kevin Hoffman, Ph.D.

Chair & Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion

B.A., Valparaiso University; Ph.D., Fordham University

Bio:

My introduction to philosophy explores fundamental ideas about justice and personal love—two topics we spend a great deal of time sorting through regardless of job or technical degree.  In courses on religion, my approach is existential, treating questions of faith just as those who hold their beliefs actually do.  In either case, what matters is that these things matter, since what we care about, and how we understand those concerns, determines how we live outside the classroom.  No surprise, then, that my own scholarship devotes special attention to the Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard, who once said: “If we should believe nothing that we cannot see with our physical eyes, then we first and foremost ought to give up believing in love.”  More surprising may be how students end up learning something about their own selves—for example, whether one truly, actually thinks playing a video game is more enjoyable than changing a diaper.  At first blush, the answer seems obvious until you try to fit that answer into a coherent view of what is worthwhile in human life.

In addition to books and fountain pens, my other tools include a hammer, saw, drill, block plane, and sewing machine.  These are handy for constructing a cool desk and chair, for example, to go with the books and pens.

Publications include The Divine Madness of Romantic Ideals, A Reader’s Guide for Kierkegaard’s Stages on Life’s Way, and the forthcoming Exceptionally Common Courage, Fear and Trembling and the Puzzle of Kierkegaard’s Authorship.

(910) 480-8530
Trustees 200D