September 15, 2016

Dr. Kate Gibbons' New Book in Print

The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria

In The Moral Psychology of Clement of Alexandria, Kate Gibbons (Lecturer in Religious Studies and Classics) proposes a new approach to Clement’s moral philosophy and explores how his construction of Christianity’s relationship with Jewishness informed, and was informed by, his philosophical project.

As one of the earliest Christian philosophers, Clement’s work has alternatively been treated as important for understanding the history of relations between Christianity and Judaism and between Christianity and pagan philosophy. This study argues that an adequate examination of his significance for the one requires an adequate examination of his significance for the other. For more information about the book or to order it please click here.

About Religious Studies

…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

Upcoming Events

September 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

You're Invited to Drop in for Coffee

Busch Hall, room 109

Religious Studies invites you to drop in for coffee and meet our new director, Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp. This fall the director’s office (Busch 109) will be open one Friday a month from 10-12 for faculty, students and staff to stop by for a snack and a cup of coffee/tea fresh brewed in the office Keurig. We hope you’ll take a moment or two to stop by, say hi, and perhaps even learn a little bit about Religious Studies.

This month we'll be featuring Pumpkin Spice coffee from Green Mountain and Starbuck's Fall blend Kcups (but others are available!).

No RSVPs needed. Please feel free to stop in and stay as long (or as short) as you’d like.

September 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Caliphate of Man: The Problem of Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought

Andrew March, Political Science, Yale; Discussant- Matt Chick, Political Science
Seigle Hall, room 248 - To receive notices of meetings and copies of the papers prior to each sessions, please send an email to

Workshop on Politics, Economics, and Society (WPES) - co-sponsored by the Political Science Dept.

October 3, 2016 - 4:00pm

Religion and literature reading group meeting

with Prof. Adam Potkay
Umrath 201

The religion and literature reading group will be meeting with Prof. Adam Potkay to discuss some of his book Wordsworth's Ethics. The reading is available in the English department. If interested in attending and you'd like an electronic copy of the reading, please email Margaret Tucker.