PhD Studies:
Philosophy of Religion

Why Philosophy of Religion?

"Philosophy of Religion is an essential part of the church’s theological and missiological work. The questions and assumptions we explore in this field undergird virtually all forms of theological discussion and inquiry. Yet, far too often, our people are ill-equipped to handle the critical philosophical issues at play in their work. Our PhD in Philosophy of Religion trains men and women to fill this need."

Dr. Jamie Dew, President and Professor of Christian Philosophy

Faculty Supervisors

Dr. Tawa Anderson

Faculty Bio

Dr. Steve Lemke

Faculty Bio

Sample Courses

A focused and intensive study of a particular issue(s) of significance in contemporary theology. Attention is given to historical antecedents as well as logical, theological, ethical, and cultural consequences of the issue or issues studied. Special attention is given to scholars advocating or critiquing the issue or issues considered in the seminar. Accordingly, their presuppositions, methodology, and arguments are analyzed and critiqued, giving special attention to biblical and theological concerns.

This study of the world’s living religions treats them individually with attention to historical development and doctrinal content. Emphasis is given to the role of cultural influences in the formation of the religion and in the process of sharing the Christian witness with them.

This seminar introduces students to apologetic, philosophical, theological, and biblical issues related to the problem of evil. Issues addressed include the nature of evil, the cause of evil, the place of evil in the Christian worldview, solutions offered by various world religions to the problem of evil, and representative solutions offered by theistic philosophers and theologians addressing the problem of evil. This seminar will focus on guided reading, research, and writing.

Ready to Apply?

Prerequisites for PhD in Philosophy of Religion:

  • MDiv or MA degree
  • 6 upper-level graduate hours in Philosophy
  • Proficiency in Biblical Greek (by earning an MA or MDiv which required the languages, or by completing a certificate from a recognized program)
  • 3 credit hours of Logic by the end of your first year