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Symbols for major global religions


The study of religion teaches how to think, rather than what to think. Each class includes the use of philosophy, historical criticism, and the identification of “problematics."
A Kent School theology teacher talking with a student in class

Religions are features of the modern pluralistic world. The study of religion at Kent—which follows the American Academy of Religion's guidelines honoring objectivity in method—builds empathy and increases cultural awareness.

Establishing Context and Fostering Respect

By examining the concept of religion itself, we develop a respect for every person's religious perspective.

Open, Critical Thinking

Kent's Religion faculty model how to think critically about religion and demonstrate that critical thought is not antithetical to faith, it is a vital component of faith.

A Sense of Wonder

Deep, philosophical questions are at the root of studying religion. As you ask questions and pursue answers about religion, you will be encouraged to maintain a sense of wonder and awe in your exploration.



Religion Courses

Explore the academic study of religion, surveying the interpretation of myth, history, and fiction to distinguish how concepts such as truth, fact, belief, and knowledge are used in varying contexts in Introduction to Religion and Culture.

Establish a dialogue between the discourse of science and the questions and concerns of religion in Psychology and Religion.

Survey different cultural, religious, and scientific attitudes toward dreams and dreaming in Dreams.

Explore the major philosophies that have shaped western thought—those of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, and others—in Philosophy.



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