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2018 McMaster-Toronto Scrollery

Recently, McMaster hosted the 9th annual Scrollery.

Apr 12, 2018

University Scholar Prize awarded to McMaster researchers

Four members of the McMaster community have been named University Scholars including Daniel Machiela, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

Apr 06, 2018

The haggadah is for skimming

The Canadian Jewish News recently published a piece by McMaster PhD Jonathan Milevsky (Religious Studies) about the haggadah, the document that guides Passover Seders.

Apr 04, 2018

Former MA student named assistant professor at Michigan State University

Congratulations to former MA student (2008), Laura Yares (Tomes), who was recently appointed an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University!

Apr 02, 2018

Departmental Colloquium

Dr. Gerald McKenny, University of Notre Dame “Can Appeals to Human Nature Constrain Biotechnology?”

Apr 02, 2018

PhD student receives Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship

Religious Studies PhD Student, Miriam DeCock, was recently awarded a highly competitive and two-year Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Mar 26, 2018

Is an Islamic Reform Necessary?

Guest speaker, March, 22, 7:30 p.m. - Professor AbdolKarim Soroush (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs Georgetown University)

Mar 20, 2018

Religious Studies 2018 Spring/Summer Courses Offerings

The Department of Religious Studies will be offering six exciting courses this Spring and Summer. If you have any questions, please contact our office!

Mar 05, 2018

Congrats to Graham Baker

Religious Studies alumnus begins new career at Grant MacEwan University.

Mar 01, 2018

Religious Studies Grad takes up position in Toronto

Congratulations to Jonathan Bernier (Ph.D., Biblical, 2012), who has been named Executive Director of the Lonergan Research Institute (LRI)—Toronto and Assistant Professor at Regis College, starting July 1, 2018.

Mar 01, 2018

Dr. Shayne Clarke wins SSHRC Insight Grant

The $247,125 grant will help advance scholarship of Tibetan Dunhuang manuscripts preserved in the Stein and Pelliot collections.

Feb 20, 2018

Dr. James Benn wins 5-years SSHRC Insight Grant

Dr. James Benn, in the Department of Religious Studies, has been awarded a 5-year SSHRC insight grant

Feb 14, 2018

Hail Mary: When sport becomes a religious experience

Like religion, major sports break down natural social barriers and help people forge intense bonds. That's why strangers watching the Super Bowl at the bar hug when their team scores. It's why a whole nation turns into sports fans and cheers for its team in the Olympics.

Feb 02, 2018

The Use of Greek Isaiah in Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to host Dr. Madison Pierce (Tyndale University College). Dr. Pierce will speak on the use of Greek Isaiah in Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles. Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb 01, 2018

Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

NEW BOOK: Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Thiessen of the Religious Studies Department on the publication of his co-edited book: Perceiving the Other in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

Jan 23, 2018

Religious Studies PhD student receives prestigious Dirk Smilde Scholarship

Congratulations to Rob Jones this year's recipient of the prestigious, Dirk Smilde Scholarship! Jones will spend three months studying at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Jan 17, 2018

Essays in Exile

NEW BOOK: Congratulations to Dr. Travis Kroeker of the Department of Religious Studies, on the publication of his most recent book: Messianic Political Theology and Diaspora Ethics: Essays in Exile.

Dec 07, 2017

Off to Israel!

McMaster Religious Studies student Rebecca Sampson will be spending the Winter 2018 term in Jerusalem, thanks to the Freeman Family Bursary.

Nov 30, 2017

Graduate student writing retreat

The Department of Religious Studies is holding a writing retreat on Friday, December 8. All members of the department are encouraged to attend.

Nov 22, 2017