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.

Jan 29, 2020

Temple’s GenEd Fair

As an undergraduate at Temple University, you are allowed to complete up to two GenEd courses through a single department. The Religion Department offers courses that fulfill FIVE different GenEd requirements; US Society, Human Behavior, Race and Diversity, Global/World Society, and Arts. Students were able to stop by our booth during Temple’s first ever GenEd Fair, held in the new library in October 2019, to learn more about the classes we offer and to experience a virtual tour of Hagia Sophia. 


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!


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!


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.