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Professor Charles Mathewes, Ph.D.

Professor Charles Mathewes
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Chicago
The same energies of intellect and will that led mankind to cure innumerable diseases and put men on the Moon led us also to poison gas and ICBM's.

Dr. Charles Mathewes is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he teaches religious ethics, theology, and philosophy of religion. He earned his B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Chicago. From 2006 to 2010, Professor Mathewes served as editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal in the field of religious studies. He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition, A Theology of Public Life, Understanding Religious Ethics, and The Republic of Grace: Augustinian Thoughts for Dark Times. He is also associate editor of the 3rd edition of the Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics. Every year since 1999, Professor Mathewes's classes have been named as exemplary classes for prospective students to attend during UVA's Days on the Lawn, a decision period for applicants accepted to the university. In 2007, he received a Mead Honored Faculty award-one of UVA's highest teaching awards-and also a Mead Endowment Teaching Award, which he used to create a seminar on religion and politics that culminated in a trip to Washington, DC, and meetings with politicians, policy experts, and legal scholars.

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"Professor Mathewes engages us in the struggles with the never ending, never resolved issues about the existence of evil & our confrontation with its reality . His dynamism leaves ample room for nuance . Highly recommended ."

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11 Courses and Sets

  1. Why Evil Exists

    Why Evil Exists

    Charles Mathewes
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Why do humans do evil? Is evil a spiritual or a cosmic problem? Why, in the end, does evil exist? Discover the answer to these and other provocative questions in Why Evil Exists. Award-winning Professor Charles Mathewes offers you a richly rewarding encounter with dynamic inquiries into Western civilization's greatest thinking on this critical subject. Covering nearly 5,000 years of human history and invoking the...
  2. (Set) Why Evil Exists & History of Christian Theology  Set

    (Set) Why Evil Exists & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Delve into some of the world's most profound spiritual questions with this illuminating two-course set delivered by a pair of award-winning professors. Why Evil Exists probes intimately into how human beings have conceived of evil, how they've grappled with it, and how they've worked to oppose it. And The History of Christian Theology investigates the many spiritual questions that Christian believers, scholars, and...
  3. (Set) Why Evil Exists & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Why Evil Exists & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Why does evil exist in the world? And how does the New Testament help us come to grips with this perplexing question? Discover the answers with this two-course set. Why Evil Exists probes how we've conceived of evil, grappled with it, and worked to oppose it throughout human history. The New Testament sheds new light on this important religious text—its composition, its authors, its original audiences, and its...
  4. (Set) Comparative Religion & Why Evil Exists  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  5. (Set) Why Evil Exists & Biblical Wisdom Literature  Set

    (Set) Why Evil Exists & Biblical Wisdom Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  6. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.70 Starting at $879.70 $1,714.70 $879.70$1,714.70
    Learn possible answers to some of the most challenging and profound questions about human existence with this exclusive set of philosophy courses. Discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy—in Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western...
  7. (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & Why Evil Exists  Set on sale

    (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $75.90 $151.90 $75.90$151.90
    The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History examines the book of Revelations in three parts: the historical and intellectual background of the Apocalypse; a close reading of the book of Revelation, focusing on the meaning of its captivating and haunting images; and the wide-ranging legacy of its content on both Christian and Western history. Then, in Why Evil Exists probe intimately into how human...
  8. (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Why Evil Exists  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Why does evil exist? Why should readers limit themselves to books from the Western literary canon? Find the answers to these two perplexing questions with this two-course set. Probe how civilizations have conceived of evil, grappled with it, and worked to oppose it in Why Evil Exists. Then, discover 12 new literary adventures that make worthy substitutes to works from the Western canon with The Skeptic's Guide to...
  9. (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Why Evil Exists  Set

    (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Explore the vast and fascinating history of one of the most influential institutions in the world, as well as how various thinkers in religion, philosophy, and psychology have explained the problem of evil, in this thought-provoking course set. In Professor William R. Cook's The Catholic Church: A History, discover how this powerful institution developed out of the early church community and went on to have a major...
  10. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Why Evil Exists  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    View the concepts of mind and evil from fresh new perspectives with this illuminating two-course set. In Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this...
  11. (Set)  Meaning of Life & Why Evil Exists Set

    (Set) Meaning of Life & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90