The Religious Studies program upholds the recent statement by the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion on January 30, 2017. The Board’s Statement on U.S. Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" outlines how the recent executive order impedes the academic study of religion and is anathema to our values of diversity, mutual respect, inclusion and free inquiry. To read more click here.
Prof. Lerone Martin has been awarded the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History (ASCH) for his book Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014). The prize honors outstanding scholarship in religious history by a first-time author.
Congratulations Prof. Lerone Martin!
The American Historical Association reviews Prof. Leigh Schmidt's (Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics) new book, "Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation." Read the article here.
The Religious Studies program created the film series this semester as a way to build community, both within the program and beyond. The series also offers students a chance to apply the skills they learn in Religious Studies courses to films in popular culture, whose themes aren’t always obviously religious. ...Read the article here
…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy”
Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind. ...Click here to read more