These two areas in McGill's School of Religious Studies collaborate in the exploration of religion, philosophy, theology, ethics, politics and social thought from ancient Greece to the modern West.
In Christian Thought & History research is conducted from the early patristic period to the present, with both Catholic and Protestant developments in view. Trinitarian theology through classical sources such as Irenaeus or Augustine, Reformation theology both Continental and English, and modern theology in its political and ethical dimensions receive special attention.
In Religion & Culture there is an emphasis on European philosophy and religion and hermeneutics, on philosophical, social and religious ethics, and on contemporary debates about the place of religion in law and public policy.
Course work and comprehensive examinations include historical and systematic studies of major theological and philosophical themes as well as specialized contemporary topics. Competence in primary texts is prized along with inter-disciplinary expertise in the history of ideas.