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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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.

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).