Marc Brettler's Letter 14 - American Values Religious Voices

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Members of the Trump Administration and 115th Congress, The story about Abraham bargaining with God to save the people of Sodom is well known; but the underpinning of this story is rarely recognized. After admonishing God, “Shall not the judge of... Read More »

David Morgan Quoted in Herald Sun Article

Monday, January 30, 2017
DURHAM -- Duke University says “several dozen” of its students, faculty and post-docs are affected by the travel ban U.S. President Donald Trump slapped on nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries to start the weekend. The university’s chief spokesman, Vice President for Public Affairs... Read More »

Charred Manuscript is One of Oldest Known Copies of Torah Ever Found

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
USA Today reports how researchers have revealed that an object resembling a burnt stick turned out to be one of the oldest known copies of the text fundamental to both Jews and Christians. Duke Professor Marc Brettler provided comments for the story. The full article is available on the USA Today... Read More »

David Morgan Quoted in Religion News Service Article on Mormon "Gospel Art"

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Religious Studies chair and professor David Morgan was quoted today in an article by Religion News Service: "Mormon 'gospel art': Kitsch or classic?"

Robert Orsi's Lecture on Forthcoming Book

Friday, February 5, 2016
On February 5, Robert Orsi, the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies with appointments in the departments of Religious Studies and History at Northwestern University, spoke in the department on “The Problem of Presence in Modern Religion and Its Study,” which is the subject of his... Read More »

Four Questions with David Morgan

Friday, December 12, 2014
David Morgan is the latest to take part in our “Four Questions with” series.  His influential and acclaimed work on religion and visual culture will be familiar to many of our readers.  Morgan is Professor of Religion with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and... Read More »

Relgious Studies at the 2014 Majors Fair

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
If you attended this year’s Majors Fair on October 21st, you witnessed a festive gathering in the Bryan Center, humming with lively discussions about course offerings, research interests, and plans for the future. Faculty and students from more than 80 departments were represented, and display... Read More »

New Book Released By Professor David Need

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"Roses from the Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke"; translations & essay by David Need; pen & ink drawings by Clare Johnson Excerpt from David Need's introduction: "Rilke’s Roses calls us into a more intimate relationship with things, asking us to consider the material world as... Read More »

With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church's Commitment to Syria

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
ISLAMiCommentary by Professor Lucas Van Rompay In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many... Read More »

Laurie Patton Named University of Chicago Divinity School's Alumna of the Year

Friday, May 9, 2014
May 9, 2014: Dean Margaret M. Mitchell has announced that, upon recommendation from the Divinity School's Alumni Council, the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named Laurie L. Patton (AM 1986, PhD 1991 in the History of Religions area) as the Divinity... Read More »