Dive deep into the greatest and most enduring problems of human existence, drawing from the wells of wisdom and experience in the Christian tradition.
Philosophy literally means “the love of wisdom.” At Calvin, we practice this love in the context of Christian faith, whether you are a philosophy major or want to add skills in critical thinking and careful examination to another discipline. Join the discussion and challenge your understanding of being and knowing, culture and technology, meaning and beauty, ethics and business, and the very nature God.
The world-class philosophy education you’ll get at Calvin is built on a tradition of excellence. Calvin College consistently produces and attracts some of the most influential minds in the discipline.
Presidents of the American Philosophical Association were either alums or teachers in Calvin’s philosophy department.
of 2015 philosophy graduates were employed or in grad school one year after graduation.
of philosophy majors are double majors.
You are what you love. But you might not love what you think.
In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. We might not realize the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. Smith helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices. He explains that worship is the "imagination station" that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavors are indexed toward God and his kingdom. This is why the church and worshiping in a local community of believers should be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship.
Following the publication of his influential work Desiring the Kingdom, Smith received numerous requests from pastors and leaders for a more accessible version of that book's content. No mere abridgment, this new book draws on years of Smith's popular presentations on the ideas in Desiring the Kingdom to offer a fresh, bottom-up rearticulation. The author creatively uses film, literature, and music illustrations to engage readers and includes new material on marriage, family, youth ministry, and faith and work. He also suggests individual and communal practices for shaping the Christian life.
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Uniting Illinois with talk show education and conversation
Niala Boodhoo '96 hosts "The 21st," a talk show in Illinois.
News & Stories, July 25, 2016
Department writing prizes announced for 2016
Calvin congratulates the winners of departmental writing prizes.
News & Stories, May 23, 2016
Fulbright student to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier will be heading to Austria in September 2016 to explore the journeys of a half dozen refugee families.
News & Stories, May 10, 2016
High expectations for Handlon
The recently accredited Calvin Prison Initiative offers a bachelor of arts degree in ministry leadership to 20 inmates each year.
News & Stories, February 17, 2016
CALL program empowers seniors to continue their education
Throughout its two decades, the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning has created a meaningful way for retirees to continue their education.
News & Stories, November 16, 2015
Chase Froese remembered for her adventurous spirit
Chase Froese is remembered by the Calvin community as someone who radiated joy and made you feel like you were the only one in the room.
News & Stories, August 4, 2015
Reasoning with the best in the business
Calvin philosophy majors and professors rubbed shoulders with the top scholars in their field at a recent workshop held on campus.
News & Stories, April 29, 2015
Philosophy prof wins Christianity Today's Book of the Year Award
James K.A. Smith's book on philosopher Charles Taylor receives top honors in CT Magazine's Christianity and Culture category.
News & Stories, January 14, 2015