About the Department


The Religion Department examines the religious phenomena of human experience, culture, and history, exploring ways in which religious communities and traditions have emerged as vital aspects of human societies and cultures and have also shaped those societies and cultures.  The academic study of religion considers forms in and through which humans both have articulated and have responded to their most profound and persistent questions about

  • the universe,
  • human nature,
  • the human condition,
  • personal and social morality,
  • human community,
  • ultimate or sacred reality, and
  • religious ways of knowing.

The academic study of religion at Berea College describes and analyzes the diversity of religious experience, traditions, communities, and issues, through historical, cultural, and normative approaches.  Courses in Religion provide opportunities to investigate ways in which humans have expressed or exercised the religious dimensions of human life.

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