Philosophy and Religion

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The Department of Philosophy and Religion has planned a TRIP TO WORSHIP SITES IN FAYETTEVILLE for Friday, March 31, 2017, leaving from Sampson parking lot around 12:15 p.m. and returning by 9:45 p.m. We’ll be visiting the Omar Ibn Sayyid Mosque for their Friday 1:30 p.m. worship service, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church around 3:15 to get a tour of their sanctuary and talk with their priest, the Hindu Bhavan Temple for their 6:00 p.m. puja ceremony, and Temple Beth El for their 7:30 Sabbath service. Supper at the Sandpiper Seafood Restaurant buffet will be provided at no cost to participants. Seating on the Shuttle Bus is limited to 22 persons, so Philosophy and Religion Majors and Minors will have first chance to reserve their place for the trip. Some students will be driving their own cars, so some carpooling is possible. Please contact Dr. David Nikkel at or 910-521-6892 to make a reservation or, if you're taking a Religion course this Spring Semester, you may make the reservation with your professor.


An article by one of our December, 2015, graduates, Alex Cole Foster, entitled, "On the Intrinsic Religous Potential of Abstract Expressionism" (written for the course Religion, Art, and Culture), was published in the 2016 edition of ReVisions: Best Student Essays at UNCP.

Professor Motti Inbari's third book, Jewish Radical Ultra Orthodoxy Confronts Modernity, Zionism and Women's Equality, was published by Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Unversity Press also published his second book. Click here for a citation of Dr. Inbari's book.

Professor Sharon Mattila's article, “Capernaum, Village of Nahum, from Hellenistic to Byzantine Times,” was published in Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods: Volume 2: The Archaeological Record from Galilean Cities, Towns, and Villages, by Fortress Press, a presitious publisher in Religious Studies. A previous article by Professor Mattila was published in Volume 1 of the same work.

Professor Ray Sutherland’s article, “I Samuel 17 as Paradigm for Militia Operations in Ancient Israel,” was published in the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology.

Professor David Nikkel's article, “The Dualistic, Discarnate Picture That Haunts the Cognitive Science of Religion,” was published in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, the leading journal in the field of Religion and Science.


The Department sponsors the UNCP Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa--The National Honor Society for Religious Studies/Theology for qualified students. It is open to any student taking four or more courses in Religion and achieving a high Grade Point Average, not just to those majoring or minoring in Religion. Since its founding in 2005, our Chapter has inducted 40 students. Congratualations to Logan John, who was inducted into TAK Spring, 2016 and to Kasi Breen and Jonathan Martin, who were inducted this past Fall Semester!