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Department of Theology and Philosophy

Every institution and society needs good persons who think—especially about the world's most fundamental and profound realities.

These thinkers, by their thinking, become extraordinarily unique and distinctive. Their contributions to society and all of humankind have often been astounding. In many ways, they shape our lives, our world, and our living faith.

In the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Marian University, we celebrate and continue their memories, actions, and contributions.

Come, discover your roots. The habits of mind and heart, and the skills of a liberal education, are offered here in an intelligent and faith-filled atmosphere.

Our Mission

Our faculty educate, form, and mentor students, inviting them to explore faith and the Catholic and Franciscan theological and philosophical traditions and heritage of Marian University.

Our Vision

Faith-filled transformational leaders for service to the Church and world.

Our Faculty

The Department of Theology & Philosophy faculty come from some of the finest Catholic and private universities in the United States. Department faculty are highly skilled, trained, and published in their areas of expertise and specialties. Faculty strive to be their very best in teaching excellence, scholarship to the Academy, and service to the university and broader community. Many of our faculty are significantly involved in their Catholic parishes and their local communities.

Sophia Club

Marian University's philosophy club is named for the greek word σοφία meaning "wisdom." The club creates a forum for students to discuss both ancient wisdom and the latest ideas of our times. The Sophia club invites the whole campus to several BBQs throughout the school year, hosts movie nights, and sponsors lectures each semester in theology or philosophy.

Theology on Tap

One of the premier events that the department sponsors is Theology on Tap.  Theology on Tap is a public lecture event that takes place in the evenings at least once per semester and is a ministry activity of the Sophia Club.  Theology on Tap is an outreach initiative catering to Marian students, but is open to the broader community as well.  Presentations range from a variety of theological and philosophical topics that engage people’s minds and hearts.  Some of our recent presentations have been on: Theology of the Body, Ministering Properly to Children, Exorcisms, Biomedical Ethics, Homosexuality, and Sports & Religion.

Fall Theology Lectures & Simon Bruté Lecture

The Fall Lectures take place once a year, typically in the month of October and the Simon Bruté Lecture usually take place in March. The lectures are given by an expert in some are of theology or philosophy depending on the speaker.  All lectures are open to the public and are well publicized in advance.

For more information

Arthur Canales D.Min., C.P.C. 
Department Chair
Professor of Theology
acanales@marian.edu

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