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Darren E. Dahl , PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
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History of Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophical Theology

Greek and Roman Classics

  In the study of philosophy we seek together the wisdom that comes to life when faith and reason are most completely integrated. 

Teaching Philosophy

At the centre of my teaching is Peter’s exhortation: “Be prepared to give an account of the hope that is within you” (1 Peter 3:15). In the classroom, on campus, and in the world, I encounter my students as fellow witnesses to Christ. Together we are called to give an account of the hope that is our passion and our refuge. As a result, at every level my teaching is aimed to bolster this hope by leading students into a transformative encounter with the philosophical, theological, and literary expressions of the Christian intellectual tradition. Here, in the light of this discovery, I want to help them develop ever deeper sets of concepts by which their hope can be understood and a richer and more nuanced language by which it can persuade and console. My goal is simply that they find their own voice so as to become credible and thoughtful witnesses to the One in whom all things cohere.


I am originally from Estevan and have spent the better part of my adult life in Saskatoon, with a detour through southern Ontario for my graduate studies. Before coming to Briercrest, I was an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas More College and a Senior Fellow in the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Saskatchewan. I am a lover of good coffee, British mysteries, and the game of golf. My wife, Kate, is a writer and educator and our daughter, Sophia, is a lover of all things related to horses.


Ph.D., Religious Studies, McMaster University (2011)
M.A., Philosophy, University of Guelph (2001)
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon (1998)
B.A., History, University of Saskatchewan (1993)


Philosophical Hermeneutics
Philosophical Theology
Philosophy of Religion


Review of Brian Gregor’s Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of Religion: Rebirth of the Capable Self (Lexington Books, 2019) in Philosophy in Review, vol. 40 No 3 (August 2020).

“The Origin in Traces: Diversity and Universality in Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Religion,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2019) 86: 99-110.

“Evil and Moral Failing in [Thomas Aquinas’] De Malo,” in ‘Disputed Questions on Evil’: A Critical Guide, with Carl N. Still, ed. Michael V. Dougherty (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 146-163.

I have seen how wonderfully diverse God's church is within its unity. I have felt the love of those I have been placed alongside as we all walk this road of faith together.
Matthew Pauls