We offer a wide assortment of courses that cover many of the world’s major religious traditions.
Since religion has played such a significant role in human history, and is still vitally important to so many in today’s world, the scholarly study of religion is naturally an invaluable component in any liberal education. Our faculty members have diverse interests and methodological approaches. Some focus on history and the study of ancient scriptures, while others examine contemporary religious practices. They are renowned nationally and internationally in their fields of expertise, and have written books and articles published by some of the best academic presses and scholarly journals. Their research areas include such fascinating topics as contemporary Christian creationism, martyrdom in the Christian tradition, medieval Islamic mystics, Buddhism in the West, and the Hindu Great Goddess, among many others.
Dr. Jennifer Otto to examine roots of religious intolerance
Dr. Jennifer Otto (Department of Religious Studies) will go back 500 years to delve into the events that eventually led to modern-day human rights, thanks to a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Otto (Faculty Member, Department of Religious Studies) for her article "Attacks on houses of worship are on the rise - and interfaith dialogue may combat this." This article appeared in The Conversation and can be found by clicking below.
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