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.

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College of Liberal Arts Dean Richard Deeg addresses our students, alumni, faculty and staff on the crucial topics of diversity, race and anti-bias.

Hagar is known as the wife of Abraham and the mother of Ishmael within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. While many biblical characters are depicted as White Europeans within Western art and literature, some interpreters have treated Hagar as a Black woman. Drawing on her book Reimagining Hagar: Blackness and Bible (Oxford University Press, 2019), Dr. Junior will share a rich tradition of representations of biblical Hagar and discuss how contemporary notions of race affect how we read scripture.

Dr. Terry Rey, our resident expert of Haitian Vodou and Zombis, will give a lecture about the history, importance, and long-reaching influences of the Haitian Vodou religion. The event will be held from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM (ET) on October 20th, 2020. The Zoom meeting ID number is 446 107 2513. This event is open to the general public. 

  • This event is hosted by HCO (the Haitian Christian Outreach Organization).

Join Temple University Department of Religion’s associate professor Dr. Nyasha Junior as she answer’s Dr. Ellen Muehlberger’s (professor of History and Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan) questions regarding her research trajectory as a biblical scholar. The event is a Zoom event through University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Classical Studies and it will commence on Thursday October 15 at 430PM (ET).

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Dr. Nyasha Junior and Dr. Jeremy Schipper’s recent collaboration, Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon, educates readers on the impact the biblical character of Samson has had on race relations in America. African Americans identified those who challenged racial oppression in America with Samson and his story became the story of our nation's contested racial history. Do not miss Dr. Junior and Dr. Schipper’s virtual event, hosted by the Boston Athenaeum, as they discuss this impactful icon with moderator David Waters.