One of the most important skills a Christian needs is discernment. In our cafeteria world of beliefs, we all need to know what we believe and why. Studying philosophy helps us know what we think and know why we think as we do.

Critical thinking—developing reasoning, researching, and evaluating skills—helps students offer a biblically sensitive response to contemporary assumptions about the world we live in. Dordt's philosophy program and faculty help students develop these skills by having them explore and evaluate underlying questions about the ways people think.

Philosophy majors are introduced to the thinking of philosophers through the ages as well as to contemporary philosophical thinking. They are also introduced to a Reformed, Christian philosophy, with an emphasis on a biblical worldview and its relationship to Christian theorizing. Only when we see things in the light of God's Word can we as Christians see the world as it really is: his handiwork, subject to his will, distorted by sin, and called to obedience and healing in Christ Jesus.