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In Canada's multicultural society and the global economy, professionals need to have knowledge of the different religions and cultures. Understanding the world's cultures and diversity is a key element of social interaction.

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Religious scholarship is more than studying ancient manuscripts. It’s a source of deep meaning, and controversy in human culture. It’s a dynamic collaboration of contemporary life, history, philosophy, and ethics.


McMaster is home to some of the world’s foremost scholars and teachers of religion, working on a variety of religious traditions and using a wide diversity of approaches.

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In Canada's multicultural society and increasingly interconnected world, the study of religion is one of the most comprehensive ways of understanding humankind and human visions of reality. Learn more about McMaster's Department of Religious Studies has to offer.

Need a course for the winter term?

Check out this brief video introducing SCAR 2BE3 - The Bible and the Environment
Jan 04, 2022

Announcing a Winter 2022 Course: INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM (SCAR 2J03)

Introduction to Judaism (SCAR 2J03) is offered in the Winter session 2022.
Dec 08, 2021

‘Schitt’s Creek’ holiday special: For Jews like Johnny Rose, the menorah is still polished and lit, even in diaspora

Celia Rothenberg, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, was recently featured in the Conversation
Dec 01, 2021

Speaker Series: Guest Lecturer on Thursday December 2, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Please join the Department of Religious Studies for our speaker series, featuring Dustin Atlas with the lecture "Talking to Creatures who Don't Speak: Martin Buber and the House Cat"
Nov 25, 2021

Analysis: ‘Oh creator, it’s you I now renounce’ — How death metal lyrics echo some Bible passages, and what it means

PhD candidate, Channah Fonseca-Quezada, has been featured in The Conversation.
Nov 10, 2021

Speaker Series: Guest Lecturer on Tuesday November 16, 2021 2:30-3:30 pm EST

Please join the Department of Religious Studies for our Speaker Series, featuring a talk called: "Old Men, Young Blood: Transhumanism and the Promise and Peril of Immortality" from Jenny Huberman on Tuesday November 16th, 2021 @ 2:30 p.m.
Nov 01, 2021