SSL Certificate

philosophy & religion

Chapel Program

Department Chair: Mrs. Dorothy Hutcheson


This is an introductory term course in the study of philosophy. It is a course that asks questions that arise from the human capacity to be reflective about ourselves and the world. We will ask questions about knowledge, the mind, free will, the self, God, right and wrong, the world, politics and art. We will attempt to answer those questions by practicing how to think more clearly by learning to avoid confusion, make reliable arguments, and to be aware of alternatives. In the end, the course hopes to instill the idea that reflection is of value and that ideas themselves have implications.


This is an introductory course in philosophy and religion. In our study, we will consider the nature of evil and examine how philosophers address the reality of evil in our world. We will study how Western philosophy has confronted evil and where our particular study falls in the broader discipline. Evil is a problem for any world view that believes in the supremacy of the good, particularly a good God, and the systematic study of that problem is called theodicy.

Religion Requirements 

The religion requirement for graduation is two trimester courses. Typically, students fulfill this requirement by taking Bible during the junior year and ethics during the senior year.


This is an introductory course in the interpretation of scripture in which students see how others interpret the Bible and how to interpret the Bible for themselves. Students develop their interpretive skills by studying the Bible's historical context, theology, cosmology, and anthropology.


This is an introductory philosophy course in which students will begin to look at that part of the love of wisdom that asks what makes life good. Students both study the theories about right and wrong and test these theories by considering their application in case studies.

Comparative Religions 

This is an introductory course in the comparative study of religion in which students explore the beliefs, practices, and ethics of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Students bring their understanding of the world's major faiths into a discussion that attempts to evaluate the pluralistic culture of which we are a part.

Sports Ethics 

This course is designed to examine ethics and morality when applied to situations seen in the world of athletics and to help students develop an understanding of the processes used to examine ethical issues in sport.

A Commitment to Character

As we prepare young men for the world beyond Trinity-Pawling, we seek to convey this fundamental lesson: Character is the single most influential force to propel us forward - whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.

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The Pride

At Trinity-Pawling, every boy is a three-season athlete.  Whether he is learning the basics or has been excelling for years, he is part of the School's century-old athletic tradition.  T-P competes in the Founders' League, a highly competitive arena showcasing some of the nation's best prep school talent. T-P offers 13 interscholastic sports with 30 teams.

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The Arts are an integral part of every Trinity-Pawling student's education. Whether they wish to develop existing talents or experiment with an entirely new form of expression, each student will have at least one year of music, theater, visual art or art history.


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Over 100 years ago, Frederick Luther Gamage, Trinity-Pawling's Founding Headmaster, said, "Whether a boy succeeds or fails in the first instance at everything he tries is irrelevant.  The only boy who truly fails is the boy who fails to try."  Today, a century later, 315 boys live learn and grow together in an environment that fosters commitment, effort and character across the board.

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Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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