The Abbey Difference:
Students pursuing this minor at the Abbey explore how Christianity has engaged in intensive dialogue with distinct cultures—sometimes cooperative, sometimes combative, always transformative—and thereby become better prepared to bear witness to its continuing potential to do so. Building on the college’s core curriculum, they become increasingly aware of both real historical differences and ecumenical possibilities in Christian thought and practice. They learn to connect the Benedictine heritage on our campus to the world beyond it, sometimes in intensive study abroad experiences.
The program’s coordinating committee reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the minor. Dr. Farrell O’Gorman (committee chair) has published two books on Christianity and modern literature, with a particular focus on the Americas. Dr. Patrick Wadden, a native of Ireland and graduate of Oxford University, is an award-winning expert on the medieval history of northern Europe. Dr. Grattan Brown, who completed graduate studies at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome, speaks widely on bioethical concerns and Catholic social thought.
Generous donor funding has enabled them to lead students on two-week study abroad trips in support of the minor. These trips have been to Rome, where the seed of the Gospel first took root in the West, and the British Isles, which nurtured those forms of Christian experience most historically influential in the United States.
Highlights of our Experience:
These are the sorts of classes you can look forward to with a Christianity and Culture minor from Belmont Abbey College:
Dr. Farrell O’Gorman
Program Coordinator (Chair)
Professor of English
B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill