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    Department of Religion and Philosophy
    McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 36
    Telephone: (404) 880-8262 or (404) 880-8235

    Fax: (404) 880-8439


Philip M. Dunston, Ph.D.
Chair and Assistant Professor
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 37
Office Phone: (404) 880-6043

Dr. Philip M. Dunston is the Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department. He has served on the faculty since 1992. His course curriculum includes: REL. 362: Psychology of Religion, REL. 101: Bible History, GED 101: Freshman Seminar and he is a DuBois Fellow for the class of 2011. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and as a Faculty Assembly officer. His publications include: Keep It Real--Working with Today's Black Youth, Abingdon Press 2005. Chapter 2, "A Matter of Discovery." Online Journal, Network, Spirituality and Higher Education, Fall 2005. He has written the foreword for two publications: Fragments of John's Gospel, L.H. Whelchel and Dismantling the Twin Towers of Race and Racism, Alfred Walker Jr. Dr. Philip Dunston is currently developing a new course in Black Theology and writing for an online journal, Testamentum.

Illya Davis, M.T.S
Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 30
Office Phone: Phone (404) 880-8234

Illya Davis received his B. A. degree in philosophy from Morehouse College, the M.T.S degree from Harvard University, and he is currently completing his Ph. D. degree in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chicago. Generally he works mainly on topics in philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language (including interpretation theory), as well as the philosophy of Immanual Kant. He is interested in the complex and systematic relationship between philosophical inquiry and religious sensibilities. Course he has taught include Philosophical Ethics, Religious Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, and African-American Religious Experience. Mr. Davis will offer courses in Spring 2006 in African-American Philosophy and Philosophy of Race.

Ralph Ellis, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 34
Office Phone: (404) 880-8237
E-mail Address:

Dr. Ellis received his Ph.D. degree in Philosophy at Duquesne University and a Postdoctoral M.S. in Public Affairs at Georgia State University. He is interested in political philosophy, and in integrating the social sciences with the philosophy of mind. His nine published books include: An Ontology of Consciousness (1986), Theories of Criminal Justice (1989), Coherence and Verification in Ethics (1992), Questioning Consciousness (1995), Eros in a Narcissistic Culture (1996), Just Results: Ethical Foundations for Policy Analysis (1998), The Caldron of Consciousness: Affect, Motivation, and Self-Organization (2000), and a critical thinking textbook, The Craft of Thinking. Dr. Ellis is also editor of an academic journal, Consciousness and Emotion (

Norman Fischer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 33
Office Phone: (404) 880-6137

Dr. Fischer has taught Critical Thinking, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Human Values, Ancient and Modern Philosophy, and a Special Topics course on Ideas of Slavery and Freedom. His main areas of interest are as follows: the history of political philosophy and ethics, the philosophy of art (particularly literature), and the nature of philosophical inquiry; he also has interest in questions that regard the philosophy of sport. He received his Ph.D. degree from Emory University. He has recently co-authored a book with Ralph Ellis and James Sauer titled Foundations of Civic Engagement: Rethinking Social and Political Philosophy. He is the author of articles in ancient and modern philosophy, as well as in the philosophy of sport and philosophy of literature.

Thomas M. Scott, Th. D.
Associate Professor of Religion
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 32
Office Phone: (404) 880-8658

An Associate Professor of Religion, Dr. Thomas M. Scott has been with the Department of Religion and Philosophy since 1995. He has also served as Interim Chair of the department in 2005-06. He teaches The Biblical Heritage, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Contemporary Religious Thought and Poetry as Theology. His main areas of interest are: Ancient Africa and the Development of the Biblical Traditions within the context of the New Testament and Christian Origins. Other areas of interest are: Contemporary Metaphysical Thought, particularly as reflected in the Seth material so-called, and Poetry as Theology.

Dr. Scott is one of the few scholars in the country with proficiency and expertise in hieroglyphics outside of Egyptology as a discrete discipline.

He received his Th. D. degree in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University Divinity School, having successfully defended (with honors) a doctoral thesis entitled "Egyptian Elements in Hermetic Literature." In addition to several other projects, he is currently working to complete an article titled: "Some of the Multidimensional Aspects of the Ancient Egyptian Language". He is also seeking to have his doctoral thesis published. In 2004 he accepted an invitation to become a lifetime (that is, distinguished) member of the International Society of Poets. A cadre of his poems can be accessed with permission, via the International Library of Poetry at: Eventually, he hopes to publish an anthology of poems under title-rubric: I Walk in Places My Soul Already Knows©.