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Theology and Religious Studies


The Holderness Theology & Religious Studies Department promotes a pedagogical partnership between a student's academic learning and personal reflection in the pursuit of meaningful engagement with religious traditions. In addition to the historical and critical examination of material from primary and secondary sources in religious studies, all coursework also contains a self-reflective component designed to cultivate thinking on spiritual themes. Topics relate to spiritual dimensions of life that are often universal to human experience. This provides an opportunity for students to explore and develop themselves spiritually, even as they grow intellectually in their understanding of major religious traditions.

The World Religions course is a semester course which provides an introductory overview of the history, beliefs, practices, and contemporary manifestations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

The Theological Ethics course is an upper level semester course designed to engender and promote in students the academic and rhetorical tools of robust theological and ethical thinking on contemporary problems.

Students are required to take one course in the Theology & Religious Studies Department in order to graduate.


Spirituality at Holderness

“Any student can purposefully experience a Holderness education through a spiritual lens. By participating in chapel, studying theology, ethics, and world religions in the classroom, serving in the job program, serving in the community, participating in vestry—even through the grace we say at dinner—a young person can cultivate a meaning-oriented and thoughtful spiritual journey.”
–Richard Weymouth, Holderness Chaplain


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Theology and Religious Studies Course Descriptions

  • World Religions

    This optional term course for 10th graders seeks to examine the philosophies and practices of several major world religions, seeking to understand spirituality and religion as an important force in world culture. Students are encouraged to explore and express their personal values as they examine the various philosophies of major religions.

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  • Theology & Ethics

    This course begins by examining the nature of ethics. What are they? How do we come by our ethical stances? Are there any ethics that are universal? Following these inquiries, students then move to an ethical inquiry of the scriptures. Which pieces of the Judeo-Christian writings are applicable to the decision making required in today’s world? The course culminates with formal debates on a variety of current ethical concerns.

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Faculty

  • Joshua Hill

    Chaplain & Religious Studies Faculty
    Yale Divinity School - M Div
    Emory & Henry College - BA
    Princeton Theological Seminary - Certificate in Youth & Theology
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  • Richard Weymouth

    Religious Studies Faculty & School Chaplain
    (603) 779-5307
    U of New Hampshire - BA
    U of New Hampshire - BA
    Holderness School
    Yale Divinity School - Masters of Divinity
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