Religion and Theology
The Department of Religion and Theology seeks to graduate students who are knowledgeable in the scriptures and develop students who, pursue and embrace learning for the common good.
Successful students will be able to interpret the scriptures and other religious phenomena in light of contemporary life, and use the theological and philosophical knowledge gained to make reasoned and informed decisions when confronting conflicting moral choices.
The major is designed for students whose vocational goals include the ordained ministry, Christian education, church administration; those who plan to pursue further professional or academic studies in a seminary, divinity or other graduate schools; and those who seek self-enrichment from studies in Religion and Theology.
The course work in the program provides a solid foundation in the critical thinking skills that are essential for students who are enrolled in pre-professional programs such as pre-law and pre-med.
The Christian Student Association: The CSA is an active organization on the Stillman College campus. Its purposes are: (1) to unite in Christian Fellowship and a sense of common loyalty to Christ and His Church at Stillman; (2) to provide an opportunity for intensive study of the Christian faith and its implementations for every area and relationship of life; (3) to challenge students to recognize and commit themselves to their present vocation as students and make their choice of life work in the light of Christian faith; (4) to help students participate intelligently in the life and work of the Church; (5) to enable students to share their common concerns and their insights as to the ways in which the Christian can effectively present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the life of the campus and the community; and (6) to hold various meetings for worship, study and work designed to accomplish these purposes.
The Christian Student Association functions under the supervision of the College Chaplain and Religion faculty.
The Rev. Dr. Debra Moody Bass is from Trenton, New Jersey. She graduated from Drew University with a B. A. in Religion, a Masters in Philosophy, and Ph.D in Biblical Studies. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. Dr. Bass has been at Stillman for 7 years and in higher education for 12 years. Dr. Bass teaches courses in Old and New Testament, Intro to Philosophy, World Religions, Parables of Jesus, History of Christianity, The Letters of Paul, and the Seminar class for Senior Thesis Writing.
Dr. Donald M. Chinula is originally from the Republic of Malawi, Central Africa. He graduated from Carleton College, Minnesota, with the Batchelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations, from the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Juris Doctor degree in law, from Columbia University School of Law, New York City, with Master of Laws degree in Law, from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, with the Master of Divinity degree in Theology and Personality [Psychology], from the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, and with the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Theology and Personality [Psychology]. He has been at Stillman since 1994. He teaches classes in Religion and Theology. He has been in higher education since 1982.
Dr. C. Mark McCormick completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, and has been on faculty at Stillman since 2000. His research area is Hebrew Bible. He has published studies on the Hebrew Bible as a verbal icon, and is most recently engaged in research on the Rhetoric of Authority, particularly as it pertains to claims to authoritative readings of biblical literature by critical scholars and confessional interpreters. He teaches introductory and upper level courses in Biblical Studies in both Testaments.