Department of Religious Studies
Whether we are concerned with international affairs or our everyday experience in multicultural cities like Hamilton, religious diversity is a key element of social interaction. How do religions motivate people in a range of activities, both creatively and destructively? How do they inform the arts, politics, and personal and social ethics? How do religious traditions relate to the broad range of human experience and spirituality both in the past and the present in different parts of the globe?
The Department of Religious Studies at McMaster has earned a reputation as one of the premier departments of its kind in North America. Learn about the major world religions through a variety of disciplines - anthropological, literary, historical, theological, and more.
The Department is delighted to announce the recent hiring of Dr. Matthew Thiessen. Dr. Thiessen is joining McMaster as an associate professor of early Christianity, with a strong secondary specialization in early Judaism. After receiving his Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University in 2010, Dr. Thiessen has gone on to distinguish himself as a leading early-career scholar in the field of New Testament, with two recent books from Oxford University Press on the topics of conversion, ethnic identity, and circumcision in early Judaism and the New Testament. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Thiessen to our Biblical Field!
The Department of Religious Studies would like to extend a huge congratulations to Nathan Beresh, this years Social Sciences Valedictorian!
This past month was the 50th Anniversary of the Religious Studies Graduate Program. You can find photos from this event here!
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce that our beloved Teaching Professor, Dr. Philippa Carter has been selected as a 2016 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She will be presented with a certificate and citation at our Convocation on June 15 at 2:30PM and her name will be inscribed on a plaque in Gilmour Hall. See the citation here.
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