Religion News

The Religion Department’s mission was fueled by the wisdom of the great scholar of comparative religion Max Mueller: “if you know only one religion, you really don’t know any.” To help us spread knowledge about all religions, please contact us if you have a Temple University religion story. What kinds of stories should be told? Anything compelling that relates to Temple’s scholastic investigation of how religious worldviews affect business, politics, medicine, the arts, healthcare and more. It’s not enough to know just one religion; at Temple, our students engage in pluralistic religious study and leave as graduates who see entire cultures and societies in new lights.

Dr. Zain Abdullah hosted a symposium about Yarrow Mamout at Temple University before leading those in attendance to the Philadelphia Art Museum to view the famous 1819 painting of Mamout. The talk focused on the connection of  two prominent Philadelphians, the painter Charles Willson Peale, and Yarrow Mamout.  The three guest speakers also addressed some major issues of our time: xenophobia and civility, religious violence and pluralism, exclusion and inclusion, immigration and the Muslim ban.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington, Dr. Jennifer Barry, visited Temple University as a guest lecturer on November 14 to discuss her book Bishops in Flight: Exile and Displacement in Late Antiquity. Dr. Barry is a scholar of Early Christianity and it was our honor to have had the opportunity to hear about her wonderful work directly from her!

Temple University's Department of Religion professors and graduate students attended the annual conference, November 23-26, 2019. A number of them participate in the fun by presenting a paper, presiding over a panel and responding to other panelists. If you could not attend this year, stop by the 6th floor of Anderson to ask your professors and TAs about their contributions at #aarsbl19!

For Halloween this year and as a preview for Dr. Terry Rey’s first ever Zombie Apocalypse course, to be held during the Spring 2020 semester, members of the Religion Graduate Student Association (RELGSA) organized a zombie costume contest. Dr. Rey gave a quick lecture on the origins of zombies, both the word and the Haitian belief of zombification in Vodou, while students enjoyed free candy.

On Monday October 14th by the Bell Tower, Temple Owls celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day. Sponsored in part by the Department of Religion, this event celebrated the original inhabitants of North America and it coincided with the opening of a contemporary Lenape art exhibit at the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) in Gladfelter Hall. Read the full article in the Temple News for more information on the art exhibit and Monday’s event.