Chris Tirres is a philosopher of
religion with a longstanding interest in the social and political dimensions of
religious faith. As an undergraduate in college, he read the work of
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and new intellectual worlds opened for him. In
college, he wrote a senior thesis on Archbishop Oscar Romero, and continued his
study of liberation theology in graduate school. As a doctoral
student, he coupled his study of contextual, political, and liberation
theologies with a study of US pragmatism. His dissertation focused
on the contributions of educator and philosopher John Dewey (who was critical
of institutional religion, yet appreciative of natural and organic expressions
of religiosity) to contemporary understandings of faith. All of this
work culminated in his first book The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith: A Dialogue Between Liberationist and Pragmatic Thought (Oxford,
2014). He is currently at work on a second book that explores how
seven twentieth-century Latin American and US Latino intellectuals, theologians
and non-theologians alike, approach the idea of "liberating
spirituality." Among other things, this work probes what it means to be
"spiritual but not religious" in light of the colonial legacy of the
- Latino/a Religious Thought and Practice
- Religion in the Americas
- Liberation Theologies
- John Dewey and U.S. Pragmatism
- Religious Ritual
Courses Frequently Taught
- CTH 182/ LST 113/ REL 113 "The Latino Religious Experience in the United States"
- HON 104 "Religious Worldviews and Ethical Perspectives"
- HON 301 "Honors Junior Seminar: America: Visions and Revisions"
- LST 290/ PHL 264/ REL 290 "Latino/a Liberation Traditions"
- REL 257 "Death and Its Beyond: Aztec, Christian and Islamic Views of Life after Death"