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Charles R. Marsh

Professor
Director
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-033
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
AS-RELI Project on Lived Theology - Lilly Endowment VI
Source: Lilly Endowment Inc.
December 01, 2019 – December 31, 2022
AS-RELI Project on Lived Theology - Lilly Endowment V
Source: Lilly Endowment Inc.
June 01, 2014 – December 31, 2020
AS-RELI Lilly IV Lived Theology
Source: Lilly Endowment Inc.
December 01, 2008 – December 31, 2014
RELC 2850: The Kingdom of God in America
Credits: 3
This course examines the influence of theological ideas on social movements in twentieth- and twenty-first-century America and investigates how religious commitments shape everyday living, including racial perception and economic, political, and sexual organization. The course will examine the American Civil Rights Movement, late 1960s counter-cultural movements, and recent faith-based community-development movements and organizing initiatives.
RELG 3325: The Civil Rights Movement in Religious and Theological Perspective
Credits: 3
The seminar considers the American Civil Rights Movement, its supporters and opponents, in religious and theological perspective. While interdisciplinary in scope, the seminar will explore the religious motivations and theological sources in their dynamic particularity; and ask how images of God shaped conceptions of personal identity, social existence, race and nation in the campaigns and crusades for equal rights under the law.
RELC 3559: New Course in Christianity
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of Christianity.
RELC 3645: God and the Mystery of the World
Credits: 3
This course explores the experience and idea of mystery in theological perspective. The goal is to understand, analyze and appreciate the diverse expressions of mystery in human identity and psychology, social and ethical relation, and aesthetic encounter.
RELG 4500: Majors Seminar
Credits: 3
Introduces the study of religion as an interdisciplinary subject, utilizing methods in history of religions, theology, sociology, depth psychology, and literary criticism. The seminars are thematic and topics will vary according to the design of the instructor. Limited to twenty religious studies majors.
RELG 4900: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 3
Students write a thesis, directed by a member of the department, focusing on a specific problem in the theoretical, historical or philosophical study of religion or a specific religious tradition. The thesis grows out of the project proposal and annotated bibliography developed in the Research Methods seminar. Prerequisite: Selection by faculty for Distinguished Major Program and completion of RELG 4800.
RELS 4995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of departmental advisor and instructor.
RELC 5009: Bonhoeffer, Niebuhr and King: Resistance and Reconciliation
Credits: 3
The course has four goals: (1) to understand the theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Martin Luther King Jr.; (2) to explore the themes of resistance and reconciliation in their writings and actions; (3) to examine their ambivalent relationships with academic theology; and (4) to consider the promise of lived theology for contemporary religious thought.
RELG 5225: The Civil Rights Movement Religious Perspectives
Credits: 3
The seminar considers the American Civil Rights Movement in religious and theological perspective. While interdisciplinary in scope, the seminar will explore the movement's religious influences and theological sources and ask how differing images of God and doctrinal commitments shaped particular ways of interpreting and engaging the social order.
RELS 8500: Topics for Supervised Study and Research
Credits: 1–6
This topical course provides Master's and Doctoral students in Religious Studies an opportunity for advanced coursework in selected, established areas of the department's curriculum.
RELS 8960: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Research on problems leading to a master's thesis.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.
  • 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in History/Biography for Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • 2010 Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow, American Academy in Berlin
  • 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts
  • 1988 Grawemeyer Award in Religion