“Dr. Woodyard has been really helpful to me in that he introduced me to studying theology in a more critical way. Taking “Reality of God” and “Empire: Is America the New Rome?” with him in 2014-15 gave me a lot of new language and new categories with which to critically engage Christianity. He’s been empowering me to study what I want to study.”
Sellars, who said that faith was always an important part of his life, began his journey in the Department of Religion by taking a class during his sophomore year to become more personally informed. He was hooked.
“I felt the Religion Department satisfied my intellectual needs because it is so interdisciplinary. Religion involves everything: textual studies, cultural studies, historical work, anthropology, philosophy, theology. It incorporates everything,” Sellars explained. “I’m very liberal arts minded so it was cool to see all my passions put together in a single spot.”
Sellars critically examined Christianity within the courses offered in the Religion major, as well as in his research and during his personal time.
“A lot of what I study is attempting to rethink Christianity and push it to challenge its presuppositions as thoroughly as possible so that it is informed and thoughtful and rational and sensitive to people’s realities and this world.”
Sellars is continuing to studying religion after graduation. He is now enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at Harvard Divinity School.
“McLane Sellars embodies all that we value most highly about a liberal arts institution,” Chair of the Religion Department John Cort commented. “Whereas many students see things in intellectual silos, Mac explores the deeper connections among seemingly disparate topics. I have consistently been surprised and enlightened by his insights.”