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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

Wisdom Embodied: Ancient Greek and Jewish Conceptions of the Sage

Tuesday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Elisa Uusimäki presents “Wisdom Embodied: Ancient Greek and Jewish Conceptions of the Sage” in University Hall 122. Afterwards, anyone who feels inclined can adjourn to the Phoenix!

Nov 08, 2017

Challenging the notion that religion fosters violence

The Conversation and the National Post recently published an opinion piece by Religious Studies PhD student Maxwell Kennel that challenges that notion that religion spurs violence.

Nov 02, 2017

MA graduate researches Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka

Myra Sivaloganathan graduated with an MA in Religious Studies in 2017. We are grateful to her for taking the time to answer some of our questions about what she is currently doing and what she learned in her time at McMaster!

Oct 25, 2017

Ready for Law School

Religious Studies grad reflects on her time at McMaster and the skills she will take with her to Osgoode Hall Law School.

Sep 29, 2017

Holy Ambivalence: Jewish-Evangelical Relations and Why They Matter

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Faydra Shapiro, the Executive Director of the Israel Center for Jewish-Christian Relations in the Galilee and Associate Fellow at The Philos Project as the speaker at this year's 2017 Lilian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies. Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7-9 p.m.

Sep 28, 2017

Tracing Manjusri: How an Indian Bodhisattva became a Permanent Resident of China

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Paul Harrison the George Edwin Burnell Chair in Religious Studies at Stanford University as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Sep 05, 2017

9 interesting and unexpected courses for 2017-18

Don’t get stuck in stereotypes. Religious Studies isn’t about preparing to join a religious order. It’s an interdisciplinary field where we critically explore and analyze religion, culture, and diversity. Discover some of the most interesting and intriguing classes of 2017-18.

Aug 17, 2017

Death: A Part of Life

Religious Studies and Anthropology professor Ellen Badone in a panel discussion on CHML's Bill Kelly Show in their series on Death: A Part of Life which is being produced in partnership with the Bob Kemp Hospice.

Jun 27, 2017

Dr. Hanna Tervanotko joins the Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Tervanotko joins McMaster's Department of Religious Studies in the Fall of 2017. Her interests include women in antiquity, Qumran, and Jewish interpretation of scripture.

Jun 23, 2017

Department writing retreat a huge success

Last month the Religious Studies Department hosted an all-day writing retreat for graduate students.

Jun 19, 2017

Celebrating 33 years of service. Dr. Stephen Westerholm retires.

The Department of Religious Studies recently celebrated Dr. Stephen Westerholm's lengthy career and 33 years of service to McMaster University.

May 11, 2017