Revving up for religion

Philosophy professor to introduce new course in fall 2020


Madison Ling, Campus Life Editor

Culture and history abound! Ocelots, prepare to gear up for a new, invigorating philosophy course this fall. This course is entitled ‘Philosophy of Religion,’ and will be instructed by professor of philosophy, Dr. Mark Huston.
This will be an on-campus course unless COVID-19 concerns endure into the fall semester. The course’s main goal is to encourage students to think about religions philosophically as they explore the existence of God, the concept of free will and how to comprehend the ideas of atheism and mortality.
“Though the class is essential for anyone considering a major/minor in philosophy, it should be of interest to those trying to make sense of the role of religion in the world at large,” states Huston. “Religions are one of the primary drivers of history and culture. In order to be an educated person in the globalized world, it’s essential to have an understanding of religion.”
In addition to this upcoming class and his publishing on the philosophy of film and conspiracy theories, Huston also teaches all other philosophy courses at the college. These include Introduction to Philosophy and Bioethics and Logic. He is eager to launch this course due to his undergraduate studies being in Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University. He also has a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Though his postgraduate studies didn’t focus on theology, his passion remained. In turn, he decided to combine his interests into a platform for students to engage in.
“I love being able to teach these courses because I believe they are the fundamental building blocks for students in any area,” Huston commented. “It doesn’t matter whether you plan on being a welder, philosopher, chef or mathematician, an understanding of philosophy will make you better at your own area of development and in being an informed citizen.”
Throughout the course, students will also engage in activities such as class discussions, presentations and videos to solidify lessons. Huston hopes to instill an enjoyment for learning in his students.
“I love teaching philosophy because it forces me to re-engage my own understanding of the fundamental aspects of what it means to be a thinking, caring human being in a rapidly changing world,” he concluded.
For more information about the philosophy courses available with Huston, please visit

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