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.

Mary Ward-Bucher, a PhD candidate in our department and a research assistant for the College of Liberal Arts Office of Community Engagement, is a recipient of the 2021 Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Fellowship! Her dissertation, "Liberation and Charity: Sanctuary Activism in the City of Brotherly Love," navigates the landscapes and tensions of religious sanctuary organizing in Philadelphia from the 1980s to the present.

PhD candidate Minjung Noh is one of the 2020-21 Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) Advanced Graduate Fellows. As a CHAT Graduate Student Fellow, Noh will finish her dissertation tentatively titled, “Salvation, Salvage, and the Fashioning of Care in the Haitian Religious Field: A Study of Korean American Protestant Women Missionaries in Haiti.” You can read more about her project on CHAT's research page

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On January 8th 2021, second year PhD student Frank Chappell presented his paper "Formulating an 'Epic Religiosity:' The Mahabharata and Contemporary Hindu Traditions" during the American Philosophy Association's Eastern Conference for the Society of Indian Philosophy and Religion Section. His work focuses on the evolution of the "fifth Veda," Mahabharata, as the blueprint for contemporary Hindu ethics. Look for Frank's paper in the Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies over the next few weeks!

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Temple Now, Temple University’s online news platform recently interviewed Dr. Laura Levitt (Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies) about her newest release, The Objects That Remain. Dr. Levitt uses artifacts found in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and evidence found in police storage facilities to explore the notion that we are connected through these objects that hold memories of trauma and acts of violence.

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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.