November 13, 2015

Meeting Creators: Comics & Pop Culture in 'Thinking About Religion'

Class Skype with Kieron Gillen

What happens when an introductory class incorporates a comic book and Skype? An invaluable learning experience.

Click here to read how Prof. Roshan Abraham invited Kieron Gillen, author of the graphic novel series The Wicked and the Divine, to Skype with his introductory religious studies class, "Thinking About Religion" and see how his students loved it.

About Religious Studies

Religion permeates everything—being informed about it endows one with deeper insight regarding artistic, business, and international phenomena. People who are religiously literate are in a better position to examine and respond to individual, interpersonal, and political dynamics—from human development, the fine arts and identity studies to history, science, urban planning, public policy and health care. The ability to navigate and recognize the perspective and influence of world religions can inform collaborations, organizational management, and responses to current issues. It is a key that empowers people in addressing circumstances from increasingly diverse neighborhoods and workplaces to national and world events.

M. R. Diamond, “Religious Literacy Across the Disciplines,” 2011


Few will contest the fact that, despite predictions to the contrary, religion continues to play a central role in contemporary culture, politics, identity, and conflict in every part of the globe. At the same time, the fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse religious communities in closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. As a result, it has become ever more essential for people living in today’s world to be “religiously literate.”


The Religious Studies Program at Washington University is designed to provide students with the opportunity to not only acquire basic knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the major world religions, but also learn how to engage in a critical appraisal of both their historic and their contemporary significance. ...Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

February 4, 2016 - 4:00pm

Violent Religion in China’s Golden Age

Dr. Geoffrey Goble
Busch Hall, room 18

Although Chinese religious traditions are typically represented as essentially pacific in nature, violence often played a central role in pre-modern Chinese religions. Rather than antithetical spheres of action, violence and religion were sometimes inextricably linked. Focusing on the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this talk will address specific Chinese religious practices and traditions that were intended to produce violent, often lethal, outcomes and the ability to produce such outcomes as a driving force in the historical development of Chinese religious traditions.