The Religion Department is dedicated to the academic study of religion as a complex and dynamic phenomenon deeply interwoven with other aspects of life and culture. It is an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum of the University. The department's goals are:
- To teach about the world's religious traditions, introducing students to the thought, beliefs, institutions, symbolic expressions, worship, and social and moral implications of these traditions, and to illuminate their interaction with other social and cultural forms, including other religious traditions;
- To introduce students to the various methods employed in religious studies: historical, philosophical and theological, sociological and psychological, textual, hermeneutical and aesthetic, and comparative;
- To provide a place for addressing big questions of value, meaning, and human cares and for assessing the ways these are addressed in religious communities;
- To encourage students to think about religious ways of life tolerantly, sympathetically, and yet critically.
News and Announcements
Theology Professor Thomas Carlson to Give Public Talk at W&L
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thomas Carlson, religion professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give a public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium.
Kosky Book on "Arts of Wonder" Wins National Award
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Religion professor Jeffrey Kosky has received a major award for his book, "Arts of Wonder: Enchanting SecularityWalter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy."
W&L's Wayde Marsh Named ODK National Leader of the Year
Monday, June 24, 2013
Wayde Marsh, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in May, has been named the national leader of the year by Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.
Kendre Barnes and Wayde Marsh Awarded 2013 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Kendré Barnes and Wayde Marsh, 2013 graduates of Washington and Lee University, have been named this year's winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion.
Jackie Yarbro Named Winner of the Decade Award
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Jackie Yarbro '15 from Suwanee, Ga., has been selected as the winner of this year's Decade Award. The award is given to a rising junior who has shown involvement and leadership at W&L, and...