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Charles T. Mathewes

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-235
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
BA, Georgetown University
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
AS-RELI Religion and its Publics
Source: The Henry Luce Foundation
June 01, 2016 – December 31, 2022
Gratitude to God: Tradition-embedded and Tradition-transcending
Source: Biola University Inc.
November 01, 2020 – October 31, 2022
On Behalf of Elisabeth BeckerTopkara - Muslim-Jewish Alliances and Political Peoplehood in Unsettled Democracies
May 01, 2019 – May 15, 2020
AS-RELI Joy and its Analogues in Some Christian and Islamic Political Theologies
Source: Yale Center for Faith and Culture
June 01, 2017 – March 30, 2018
AS-RELI Teaching Theology and Religion in the 21st Century: Challenges, Prospects, and the Ph.D.
Source: Wabash Center For Teaching & Learning
January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
RELG 1500: Introductory Seminar in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
These seminars introduce first- and second-year students to the academic study of religion through a close study of a particular theme or topic. Students will engage with material from a variety of methodological perspectives, and they will learn how to critically analyze sources and communicate their findings. The seminars allow for intensive reading and discussion of material. Not more than two Intro Seminars may count towards the Major.
EGMT 1540: Ethical Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to reflect upon and evaluate human conduct and character, consider the ethical components of individual and collective behaviors, and engage in the articulation of ethical questions and moral deliberation.
RELG 2630: Business, Ethics, and Society
Credits: 3
This course studies how to be a moral agent in a market society. It attends to how economic issues influence different spheres of human life, both public and private, and discusses the ethics of a professional career, the moral obligations of corporations, the nature of inequality, the economic ethics of major world traditions, and how to live a morally sane human life in a market system.
RELC 3006: Augustine's City of God
Credits: 3
A text-focused class that will read the entire City of God, supplementing that work with several other of Augustine's smaller texts (particularly letters and sermons) to attempt to understand that work's argument, paying attention to the various audiences to which it was addressed, and to Augustine's larger thought as captured in that one great and difficult book
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 7460: Religion, Theory, Theology, and Modernity
Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary class acquaints graduate students with landmark texts that consider the place, significance, and purpose of religion in late modernity. Focusing on works written over the last few decades, it draws on multiple genres of study: philosophy, anthropology, social science, religious studies, and theological inquiry.
RELG 7528: Topics in Modern Religious Thought
Credits: 3
Examination of a major topic in modern religious thought--e.g., religious imagination, ethical and religious subjectivity, metaphor and religious language, religious and ethical conceptions of love.
RELG 7559: New Course in Religious Studies
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Religious Studies.
RELG 8006: Major Christian Thinker
Credits: 3
Tutorial on important themes, topics, and context of one or more major Christian Thinkers.
RELG 8704: Themes and Topics in Religious Ethics
Credits: 3
Tutorial on important themes, topics, and figures in religious ethics, both historically and in the present moment.
RELG 8747: Tutorial: Religion, Secularism, and Post-Secularism
Credits: 3
This course is dedicated to the exploration of the claims of, critiques of, and afterlives of secularization theory. The course addresses the major questions that arise when making distinctions between "secularism" as a political expression and "the secular" as an epistemic model. The course provides special attention to a survey of earlier theories, the cross-sections of race, politics, and gender and the secular, and post-secular critiques.
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.