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Prospectus for PhD in Religious Thought in Boston University's Division of Religious and Theological Studies
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1. Description of the PhD in Religious Thought

1.1. General Description

For general information about the Division of Religious and Theological Studies, see here.

Within the Division of Religious and Theological Studies, the Track 2 program in Religious Thought guides students to develop skills in analytic thought and expertise in one of the following disciplines: philosophy of religion, systematic theology, comparative religious thought, and religious ethics. Specialized research programs within this track include: (i) historical study of religious thought in one of these disciplines, (ii) constructive development of interpretations of religious subject matters within the domain of religious ideas, and (iii) the interdisciplinary study of religious thought in relation to cognate fields in the humanities, literary studies, fine arts, and social sciences.

General requirements for the PhD in Religious Thought are described here.

Related degrees: Boston University's School of Theology administers two academic doctoral degrees related to theology and neither should be confused with the Track II PhD in Religious Thought. One is the PhD in Practical Theology and the other is the ThD in Theology. Students interested in learning more about these programs or applying for admission should visit the School of Theology’s admission website.

1.2. Faculty in Religious Thought

Many Boston University faculty have some direct interest in religious thought, and an even larger number of faculty possess expertise in areas closely connected to religious ideas.

1.2.1 Core Faculty in Religious Thought (DRTS Track 2)

The Core Religious Thought Faculty teach most courses and set policies and procedures for the Religious Thought PhD program.

John H. Berthrong
Comparative theology; contemporary theories of interreligious relation; Chinese intellectual and religious history

M. David Eckel
Hindu and Buddhist philosophy; inter-religious dialogue; comparative theology

Ray L. Hart
Philosophy of religion; philosophical theology; systematic theology; theological aesthetics

Diana Lobel
Classical and medieval Jewish studies, comparative philosophy and religious thought

Mary Elizabeth Moore
Practical theology, process theology, feminist theology

Robert C. Neville
Philosophical theology; systematic theology; comparative theology (Western and Chinese); metaphysics; American philosophy

Alan M. Olson
Philosophy of religion, religion and literature

Shelly Rambo
Systematic theology, theology and literature

C. Allen Speight
Philosophy of religion

Bryan P. Stone
Practical theology, liberation theology, process theology, Wesleyan theology

Kirk Wegter-McNelly
Systematic theology, theology and science

Wesley J. Wildman
Constructive theology; history of modern Christian theology; philosophy of religion; religion and science; comparative theology

Claire Wolfteich
Practical theology, theology and spirituality

Michael Zank
Modern Jewish thought

1.2.2 Other Faculty who may be able to assist Students in Religious Thought (DRTS Track 2)

Some affiliated faculty work in religious thought. Others are historians or area studies specialists who may be able to help students working in comparative religious ideas.

Kecia Ali
Islamic studies

Christopher B. Brown
History of Christianity in the Rennaissance through the Reformation and counter-Reformation to Pietism

Hee An Choi
Practical theology, feminist theology, Korean theology

Gina Cogan
Asian religions

Marthinus L. Daneel
Missiology, comparative theology

Christopher Evans
History of modern Christianity

Walter Fluker
Ethical leadership, black theology, King and Thurman

John Hart
Christian ethics, ecological ethics, Latin-American liberation theology

Emily Hudson
Religion and literature

Steven Katz
Philosophy of religion

Deeana Klepper
History of Christianity, medieval and early modern European religious history

Frank Korom
South Asian, Carribbean, and Diaspora studies

Christopher Lehrich
Theory of religion, early modern Europe, magic in relation to science and religion

Hillel Levine
Sociology and religion

Thomas Michael
Chinese religions and literature

Elizabeth Parsons
Theology of mission, world Christianity

Rodney L. Petersen
Ecumenical theology, world Christianity

Stephen Prothero
Religion and culture in the United States

Teena Purohit
South Asian studies

Dana L. Robert
Theology of mission, global Christianity

Rady Roldan-Figueroa
History of early modern Christianity, history of Spanish Christianity

Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
History of Christianity, liturgical theology, Wesleyan theology

1.3. Where to Get More Information

In addition to the sources listed above, and in this prospectus, it is important to remember that some of the most useful information for doctoral students is not written down, partly because no one has ever undertaken such a task, and partly because some of it cannot be expressed conveniently. Getting to know other students already in the doctoral program and sharing insights with one another is an excellent way to pick up this sort of information.

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