Department of Religious Studies | Mount Allison

Are you interested in religious studies?

  • Do you want to uncover the origins and history of religious traditions?
  • Are you interested in the lived issues and contemporary concerns of today’s religions?
  • Would you like to examine all the major world faiths?

The study of religion has a valid and vital place in a liberal arts program and is not confined to those preparing for theological studies.

The study of religion deals with the deepest and most basic questions of human existence:

  • the meaning and purpose of life
  • relations with a divine presence and power
  • interpersonal relations
  • ultimate human destiny

Mount Allison’s Religious Studies program takes an historical and critical approach, utilizing the insights and advances of modern scholarship. Our program does not advocate one faith rather than another, and neither does it proselytize on behalf of one denomination.


Between Church and Nation Sacralizing Violence

Throughout Catholic history, the institutional Church has been implicated in mass atrocities. Dr. Dempsey will interrogate the historical collusion between Church and State powers, arguing that these powers remain intertwined today.

Public lecture by Dr. Dani Dempsey Friday, January 28th 3pm - 4pm Email religion@mta.ca for the Zoom link.


Religious Studies class helps design green roof on campus.

Work began earlier this academic year on a project that will blossom come spring into a little oasis on the roof of the Wallace McCain Student Centre. Mount Allison’s first green roof will feature a garden accessible off the main foyer. The project already served as an experiential learning opportunity for one Mount Allison class this fall. Barb Clayton, professor of religious studies, incorporated it into her third-year Religious Ethics and the Environment class.

Read the full article here.


Fourth-year student Oorja Gonepavaram has been invited to speak at the University of California, Riverside’s 2022 Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion (UCR-QTSR IV) in February. She is the only undergraduate student presenting at the international event. Congrats, Oorja!

Read more here.


 

Below: Students on a field trip to Haida Gwaii in 2019. 


 

 

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