Stephen Dawson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Stephen Dawson


Carnegie 123


  • PhD, Religious Studies, concentration in religion and culture, Boston University
  • MTS, Theology, concentration in religious ethics, Boston University School of Theology
  • BA, English, concentration in creative writing, George Mason University

Experience and Background

  • 2010 – Present: Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy – Lynchburg College

Courses Taught


  • God, Faith, and Evil
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Knowledge and Reality

Religious Studies

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Religions of Asia
  • Seminar on Contemporary Religious Thinkers (Spring 2015: Michael Walzer)
  • Seminar in Religion in America
  • Seminar in Religious Ethics

Special Topics in Religious Studies

  • Islamic Ethics of War and Peace
  • Cults and Religious Freedom in the United States

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • “Evaluating Religions: Why a Global Philosophy of Religion Needs a Peircean Theory of Inquiry.” Paper presented at the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion, Nashville, Tennessee, 8 March 2015.
  • “Critical Thinking as Defamiliarization: Studying the Bible in a Liberal Arts Curriculum.” Paper presented at the Lily International Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Bethesda, Maryland, 30 May 2014.
  • The Valladolid Debates between Sepúlveda and Las Casas: At the Origins of the Modern Concept of Religion.” Paper presented at the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia, 9 March 2014.

Honors and Awards

  • Junior Fellow, Institut für Die Wissenschaften vom Menchen, Vienna, Austria, July–December 2000.

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Association for the Study of Religion
  • Virginia Philosophical Association