Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology Faculty

Michael Bathgate

Professor of Religious Studies, Department Chair

Michael Bathgate



The nineteenth-century scholar F. Max Müller argued that Goethe's famous maxim on language applies equally to religion: "He who knows one, knows none." The study of religious worldviews, values, and practices other than one's own provide us with invaluable conversation partners, as well as a perspective from which to examine one's own commitments.

As a historian of religions, I am principally interested in religion as a human phenomenon -- not only the ways in which religion addresses "the unsolved riddles of the human condition" described by the Second Vatican Council, but the ways in which those riddles (and their answers) reflect the historical contexts in which they appear.

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