Charles Lloyd Garrettson

Charles Lloyd Garrettson

Charles Lloyd Garrettson

Assistant Professor

Religion and Politics, Christianity, Plato, Taoism, Comparative Religion, Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophical Theology, History

I grew up in Allentown, PA. I went away to school at age 14. Since then I have lived in Charlottesville, VA, New Haven CT, and Pottstown, PA. My career has been teaching at both the secondary and higher ed levels, at Muhlenberg College, The Hill School and George Mason University. My non-professional passions have included photography, hiking/backpacking, sailing, music and motorsports. My daughter, Hadley, lives in Philadelphia, PA. 

Current Research

Can virtue be taught? and why asking is important: a defense of the Humanities and Liberal Arts Education

Abraham Lincoln and the Duke of Chou

Reason unrarefied: the curious conclusion of Plato's Theaetetus

Selected Publications

Hubert H. Humphrey and the Politics of Joy

Courses Taught

Rel 100: Human Religious Experience

Reli 211: Religions of the West

Reli 330: Religion, Fantasy and Imagination

Reli 331: Religion in America

Reli 333: Spiritual Autobiography 

Reli 376: Special Topics in Religious Thought: Does God exist?

Reli 384: Global History of Christianity

Reli 420: Senior Seminar: Religious Studies Methodology

Reli 425: Directed Readings in Religious Studies

Reli 600: Interdisciplinary Pathways in the Study of Religion



The Hill School

The University of Virginia, BA Philosophical Theology

Yale University, MAR Religion and Politics

The University of Virginia, PhD Christian Social Ethics

Recent Presentations

Center for Humanities Research panel discussion: How to conduct research in the Humanities...and why? Spring, 2021