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 threefold:
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.
- W&L's Ritter '13 Wins Student Literary Award for Dance Writing
Washington and Lee senior Jennifer Ritter, of Mariposa, Calif., has been awarded the "Student Literary Award" by Nu Delta Alpha, the national honor society in dance.
- W&L Seniors Megan Bock, Wayde Marsh Are Generals of the Month for March
Washington and Lee University seniors Megan Bock and Wayde Marsh will be recognized at the Generals of the Month presentation for March on Thursday, March 7, at 11:45 a.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons.
- Auburn University Professor Matthew Bagger to Speak at Washington and Lee
Matthew C. Bagger, the Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in Religion at Auburn University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
- Dancer Kay Poursine to Perform the Bharata Natyam Dance Form
Dancer Kay Poursine will perform South Indian's Bharata Natyam dance form on Wed., Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall in Wilson Hall, Washington and Lee University.
- Charles Taylor to Address W&L's "Happiness Seminar"
Charles Taylor, emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill University is the third speaker in Washington and Lee University's year-long "Questioning the Good Life" interdisciplinary seminar series.