September 7, 2018

Prof. Jonathan Kvanvig publishes a new book, “Faith and Humility,” with the Oxford University Press

Jonathan Kvanvig, Professor of Philosophy and member of the Religious Studies Advisory Board, published a new book, Faith and Humility, with the Oxford University Press in August. The book is devoted to articulating the connections between the nature and value of faith and humility. The goal is to understand faith and humility in a way that does not discriminate between religious and mundane contexts, between sacred and secular. It arises from a conviction that these two character traits are important to a flourishing life, and intimately related to each other in such a way that the presence of one demands the presence of the other. In particular, the book defends the claim that each of these virtues provides a necessary, compensating balance to the potential downside of the other virtue. The result of such an inquiry, if that inquiry is successful, will require a re-orienting of discussions surrounding faith, including debates about the relationship between faith and reason.

July 2, 2018

Saint Peter, according to Mark

Dr. Lance Jenott
Hold That Thought, with Dr. Lance Jenott

The apostle Peter was a leader and role model in early Christianity - or was he? Lance Jenott, a lecturer in classics and in religious studies, describes in a “Hold That Thought” podcast how the apostle Peter is portrayed much differently throughout the Bible — depending on whose Gospel people are reading.

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.

Upcoming Events

October 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

JINELC Colloquium - Painted Memories: A Jewish Childhood in Poland

Dr. Barbara Kirschblatt-Gimblett
Busch Hall, room 18

Dr. Barbara Kirschblatt-Gimblett is chief curator of the core exhibit at POLIN Museum and University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, where she has been affiliated with the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

October 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

Rising from the Rubble: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Dr. Barbara Kirschblatt-Gimblett
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium

POLIN Museum is the only museum dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews over the course of a millennium. This talk explores the creation of POLIN Museum’s multimedia narrative exhibit and its role as an agent of transformation that can move an entire society forward.