Why Study Religion

Religion in its varied expression informs the lives of most of the world’s population, both currently and historically. It has been the inspiration for literature, art, and music, and the source of law, meaning and values, social solidarity, and conflict. Religion—Western, Eastern, and otherwise—is a vast cluster of cultural phenomena (including sacred texts, mythologies and theologies, moral codes, and every conceivable kind of ritual) that is best explored from the perspective of more than one discipline.

Religious Studies at Union

What are the foundational principles of Islam—and how do they compare to their (mis)representations in the media? Why are Americans so interested in Buddhism, and how is Buddhism practiced in this country? How is religion featured in Mass Effect and Stargate, and what does that suggest about our culture’s popular perception of religion? These are some of the intriguing questions Union students tackle in their Religious Studies courses and research. By bringing together a variety of disciplinary approaches, our curriculum provides a perfect intellectual arena in which to explore the complex world of religion.

Religious Studies and Liberal Arts

An essential part of Liberal Arts education, courses in Religious Studies are essential to cultivation of religious literacy and open-minded and responsible engagement with other people, societies,and worldviews.

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“Towards the Field of Interfaith Studies” Conference

Earlier this month a team of Union faculty and staff attended a conference sponsored by...

SAMSARA

SAMSARA Movie / Discussion / Pizza Night 6 November 2013 | 7:00 p.m. | Wold House Come...

Life of Pi

LIFE OF PI Movie / Discussion / Pizza Night 23 October 2013 | 7:00 p.m. | Sorum House...

“I Just Don’t Understand Those People!” Scientific Perspectives on Religious Conflict

2013 Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict Wesley Wildman, Boston University School of...

Spielberg’s Lincoln and the Issue of American Exceptionalism

Robert Jewett, University of Heidelberg Spielberg’s Lincoln and the Issue of...

The World Before Her

The World Before Her 20 February 2013  | 6:30 p.m. | Lippman 201 A documentary film...

Islam and Islamophobia in America

2012 Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict Diane Eck, Harvard University Islam and...

God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics

2011 Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict Monica Duffy Toft, Harvard University...

Gender and Buddhism

Rita Gross, University of Wisconsin Eau‐Claire Gender and Buddhism 19 October 2011 |...

What’s the Point? Interreligious Dialogue in a Time of Terrorism

2010 Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Bryn Mawr College...