A three-time winner of the Student Senate's award for excellence in teaching, religion Prof. Charles "Buz" Myers is committed to helping students wrestle with the deepest questions.
In his first-year seminar, Death and the Meaning of Life, students examined the topic through lenses such as popular music and culture, medicine, business, and psychology. Questions ranged from "Is there an afterlife?" to "How should I treat my elders, my peers, and my juniors who will predecease or survive me?" Students learned how varying religions and cultures view death and the dead, and explored the implications of various types of death: disease, suicide, murder, genocide. The seminar visited the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and a funeral home.
A renowned scholar, Myers served for a decade on the committee that oversaw the publication of the New Revised Standard Version Bible. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and holds a doctorate in New Testament language and literature from Princeton Theological Seminary. His courses include:
- History, Literature, and Religion of the New Testament
- History, Literature and Religion of the Hebrew Scriptures
- Jesus in First Three Gospels
- Perspectives on Death and Dying
- The Apostle Paul
- The Gospel of John