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.

On Friday May 17, our department chair Professor Terry Rey gave a talk at L'École normale supérieure in Paris, France. Professor Rey’s talk was a part of Tepsis theory workshops held by Centre Maurice Halbwachs. The Theme of the workshop was “Quoi faire de la religion? (What to do with religion?)” and Professor Rey’s talk was titled “Qu'est-ce que le capital religieux ? Sur une déconnexion transatlantique d’un concept théorique clé (What is the religious capital?

Our doctoral doctoral candidate, Adam Koontz has been appointed as an Associate Professor (tenure-track) at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. Congratulations! 

photo of alumni Robert Berry presenting to audience

Robert Berry, CLA ’08, was recently awarded the 2019 Temple University Distinguished Alumni Award. In a speech on campus last week, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Officer pleaded with students to do whatever they could to support humanitarian aid for refugees.

This week, the College of Liberal Arts honored its 2019 Teaching Awards winners while wishing a fond farewell to this year’s retiring faculty members.

On Wednesday April 17, Professor Limberis and Professor Leuchter gave a talk discussing decisive moments of Christianity and Judaism in the first century C.E. About 30 students gathered in the Department of Religion Lounge and enjoyed the talk with refreshments.