Department of Religion and Philosophy
McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 36
Telephone: (404) 880-8262 or (404) 880-8235
Fax: (404) 880-8439

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

Dr. Philip M. Dunston is the Interim Chair 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. Dr. Dunston is the Director of the Accelerated Interdisciplinary Degree Program (AIDP), the honors program in Religion. 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.

David E. Cann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 32
Office Phone: (404) 880-8658
E-mail Address:

Dr. Cann is teaching in his fourth year at CAU. He has taught the following courses in both the Undergraduate Humanities Program and the Department of Religion: Culture and Religion; Biblical Heritage; Introduction to Religious Studies; Interdisciplinary Humanities. Humanities: the Ancient Period, and Humanities: The Modern Period. The CAU Humanities Program currently uses the textbook he has co-edited. He uses his experience as a pastor and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church to foster greater connections between the academy and religious institutions. His main areas of interest include the sociology of the Black Church in America, religion and social change, multiculturalism, and religion and race in America.

Recent Publications:

Fracturing the Canon: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Reader, Coeditor. Thomson Learning Custom Publishing, 2001.

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.

Beletia Marvray Diamond, D. Min.
Lecturer in Religion
Office Location: McPheeters-Dennis Hall

Dr. Beletia Marvray Diamond teaches courses in Religion, specifically Introduction to Religious Studies, Comparative Religion, Women and the Bible, and The Biblical Heritage. Some of her publications include: A Survey of the History of the Black Church from the 1600s - Present: A Curriculum Course for Students at Spelman College, Dissertation, 1997; "The Day Samaritan Sally Met Jesus" Those Preaching Women, Vol. III, 1996; "The Surrendered Life: Modeled by Mother Teresa," Human Coexistence and Sustainable Development World Congress, Vol. II, Montreal, Canada, 2000; "The Predicament of God's Permissive Will and the Privilege of God's Perfect Will" AME Review, 2002; "Accountable Stewards," "Called to Be Peculiar People," Meditations and Reflections for the 44th Quadrennial Session of the AME General Conference, 1992; "A Venture by Faith," Missionary Magazine of AME Church, 1982; Sincere Prayer, Workbook/Study Guide, Big Bethel AME Church, Atlanta, Ga.; The History of the Black Church, Workbook/Study Guide, Spelman College.

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.

Reverand Herbert Marbury, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion and University Chaplain
Office Location: Kresge Hall, Room 200
Office Phone: (404) 880-6119

Reverend Marbury serves as the University Chaplain at Clark Atlanta University and also teaches a Biblical Heritage course in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He earned the Ph.D. degree at The Graduate School of Vanderbilt University in the Department of Religion, where his major was Hebrew Bible and his minor was Ethics. Reverend Marbury's academic interests are:

Old Testament: History of Ancient Israel; Social History of Persian Judah; the 'Am ha'arets Problem; Archaeology and Historical Reconstruction; Rhetoric of the Second Temple Community; Politics and Economics of Persian Judah; Hermeneutics and Methods of Interpretation.

Ethics: Ethics of Ancient Israel; Old Testament Ethics; Classical (Aristotelian) Ethics; Critical Theory; Religion and Popular Culture.

African-American Religion: Rhetoric of the Old Testament in African-American Ante-bellum Sermons; Cultural Criticism, African-American Figural Interpretations in Old Testament Stories.

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

Dr. Scott has been with the department since 1995. 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, 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 titled "Egyptian Elements in Hermetic Literature." Currently he is 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 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©.

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