Philosophy & Religious Studies
Dr. Amy Carr
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (309) 298-2507
Office: Morgan 415-A
Educational Info: PhD, University of Chicago; M.Div., Vanderbilt, BA, Carleton
Interests: Christian Theology, Biblical Interpretations, History of Religions
Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:30 pm, Th 11:30 am-12:30 pm
In college I began as an English major, since I've always loved the way words and images can open up the imagination and allow us to perceive what we might not otherwise notice. But the poetic and symbolic power of language is very much at work in all religious traditions -- in their scriptures or songs, their rituals and devotional practices. Once I began to take courses in the academic study of religion, I quickly realized that the vocabulary for thinking about what I most wanted to think about was more readily found in religious studies. In this context I could learn about how various religious traditions of the world have developed their thinking about God or ultimate reality, creation, human nature, suffering and redemption, time seen in light of eternity.
My scholarly work is largely focused on contributing to the ongoing development of Christian thought. I am especially interested in reflecting theologically on the unsettling experiences of God that persons often experience after a traumatic or profound betrayal at the hands of other persons (like sexual abuse or domestic violence).
Majoring or minoring in religion draws you into an interdisciplinary approach to learning, engaging you in the study of history, ritual studies, theology, theories and practices of interpreting sacred texts, ethics, and social scientific explanations for religious behavior. Whatever your interests in the study of religion, you'll grow to see religion as a cultural phenomenon through a variety of lenses.
- Western Religions