"What place do theological and confessionally religious texts have in a secular, private liberal arts curriculum?" asks Religion Professor Devin Singh in his feature article, "I Read, Therefore I Think," in the September-October, 2016, issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Singh believes that including theology in the liberal arts curriculum can help foster generous and empathetic reading, helps...[more]
News & Events
Thursday, September 8, 2016
1 - 2pm
210 Thornton Hall
The Department of Religion offers a rich list of courses on a subject that you will encounter in many other departments. This is because religion is at the core of all cultures and societies. An objective understanding of this subject, therefore, is a crucial component of a liberal-arts education. The Department offers courses on the major religions of the ancient and modern world, as well as courses on religion and...[more]
Thirty-six scholars - including two new Religion Department faculty - joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2016. Read more about Professors Zahra Ayubi, whose research is on women and gender in prescriptive discourses and ethical thought in both pre-modern and modern Islam and also teaches in the Women and Sexuality Studies Program, and Devin Singh, who studies how the framework of religion is helpful in understanding the influence of money in economy and society, in...[more]
To honor the graduating majors and minors of the Department of Religion, the faculty are holding a commencement reception on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 4:30-6:30pm, in 209 and 210 Thornton Hall. The Department's annual prizes are also given out at this event. All graduating majors, modified majors, and minors and their families are welcome to attend.
In his op-ed article in Religion Now, Professor Devin Singh notes that "the Panama Papers caught some of the most powerful people on the globe in the act of self-dealing. Now the public wants the guilty to come clean, step into the light, and confess their financial misdeeds." But, Singh observes, "While such confession might be an important public ritual, there are reasons...[more]
By almost any reckoning, argues Prof. Randall Balmer in his April 19, 2016, article in Religion & Politics, Ted Cruz's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination presents voters with several paradoxes. But the paradox that most intrigues Prof. Balmer is Cruz's ties to evangelicalism: "Of all the paradoxes that surround Ted Cruz, [his] flouting of the teachings of Jesus may be his defining...[more]
Daoist Ritual and Practice
An Exhibit in Baker-Berry Library, Main Street
Exhibit dates: April 5 – June 24
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RECEPTION: Thursday, May 5, from 4pm-6pm, Baker-Berry Library, Main Street
Free & Open to All.
You’re invited to the reception for an exhibition exploring religious interactions in traditional and modern China. Exploring specific moments from the rich tapestry of religious culture in China, the exhibit shows different ways for...
Religion professors Zahra Ayubi and Randall Balmer were guests on New Hampshire Public Radio's "Exchange" program commenting on a new study by the Pew Memorial Trust that finds that while Americans overall tend to be more religious compared to people in other developed countries, the commitment is especially high among U.S....[more]
The Religion Department invited prospective majors and minors to celebrate Spring, explore the Religion major and minor, and enjoy some free gelato, on Wednesday, March 30, on the Thornton Hall front lawn. Read comments from alums who majored in Religion on our website at: http://religion.dartmouth.edu/tags/alumni-stories
I began taking religion courses at Dartmouth as a contrast to my studies as a Biology major. As I approached my senior year, I discovered that I’d taken so many of the religion courses just out of interest that I was only missing the senior seminars to take the major, so in the end I double-majored in Biology and Religion. Not only were the topics so different, but I discovered that scholars across the disciplines had very different ways of seeing the world. It was eye-opening to...[more]