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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Whether you’re staying safe at home or staying socially distanced down the shore, there’s nothing like a good book to help you relax and enjoy your summer break. Need help picking your next book? Check out these suggestions from our faculty.

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Professor Len Swidler has been with the College of Liberal Arts for nearly 55 years. Now, the college is honored to be able to create a named chair in our Religion Department thanks to Dr. Swidler’s generous gift to the department he spent his career helping to mold into the marketplace of mixed ideas it is today because of its members’ diverse backgrounds, faiths and expertise.

Professor Mark Leuchter discusses the issues of white privilege, white supremacy, the intersection of these issues with the practice of religion in the USA, and the way these play out on social and in commercial media. You can listen to the full podcast titled Better Than Nothing Episode 3: Nyasha Junior.


Temple’s own Dr. Zain Abdullah will be presenting on Race and Religion during Rutgers’ “Global Islamophobia in an Era of Populism” event. The event will highlight some of the discrimination and violence Muslims in America, Asia, and Europe have had to deal with and is divided into three panel discussions. Please see the full details in the Global Islamophobia in an Era of Populism event


Frank Chappell, a first year PhD student, has a published article in the 36th volume of the Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy titled "Toward a Self-Designating System: Concepts of the “Self” in Social Science and Vedanta.” The article is a respond to the call for a creation of a “self-designating system” in phenomenology by the eminent philosopher Evan Thompson.