Religion plays a central role in virtually all societies, and it interacts with all other dimensions of culture. Indeed, religion is a fundamental dimension of the human experience. For these reasons, the academic study of religion at Furman is an indispensable part of the liberal arts curriculum.
Our department expects students to engage religion courses with academic rigor and critical inquiry. To encourage both a breadth and depth of study, the department has a wide range of offerings, both within the western traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam as well as courses in the major religious traditions of Asia, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. Courses explore the historical, social, and political dimensions of these traditions as well as their expression in scriptures, theology and philosophy, ritual, and ethics.
Founded in the Baptist tradition, Furman still stresses the importance of both empathetic and critical approaches to religion. Thus, faculty members seek to introduce students to both the rich resources of religious thought and practice and the intellectual tools necessary to critically examine those resources. We welcome you to our website and invite you to explore all we have to offer!