Batey Lecture Series: The Origins of God

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Thomas Römer is professor of Hebrew
    Bible/Old Testament at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland
    and in the Collège de France in Paris, where he is also the
    current Vice-Administrator. He also holds visiting professorships
    at universities in Montpellier, Neuchâtel, Zurich, Mexico City,
    and Managua. He has written and edited numerous books and
    articles in German, French and English. Among his most recent and
    most intriguing titles are Dark God: Cruelty, Sex, and Violence
    in the Old Testament and The Invention of God published in 2015
    by Harvard University Press.
Religious Studies

Cancelled: Climate Ethics: A Discussion with J. Baird Callicott

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Please note that this event has been cancelled.

J. Baird Callicott '63 retired as University Distinguished Research Professor and Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas in 2015. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, as well as an author of numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters in environmental philosophy and ethics. His most recent book, Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
There will be a reception preceding the lecture at 5:00 pm in Blount Lobby and a panel discussion following Dr. Callicott's remarks with Dr. Jeff Jackson, Assoc. Professor and Chair, History; Dr. Leigh Pittenger, Asst. Professor, Religious Studies; and Dr. Rebecca Tuvel, Asst. Professor, Philosophy.

Llewelyn Morgan: Bamiyan at the Centre and the Margins

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Dr. Llewelyn Morgan of Oxford University will offer a lecture on the monumental statues of the Buddha once found in the Bamiyan valley of Afghanistan.  Bamiyan has often been entirely forgotten by the world at large, but at times also has become the focus of intense attention for people the world over. This talk investigates the role of Bamiyan in the human imagination, from the first millennium to 2016.

Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies serves the liberal arts vision of Rhodes College by equipping our students with a critically-informed understanding of global religious traditions as expressions of human experience. From the ancient Mediterranean world, to rural farmlands in South America, to the suburbs of the US Midwest, to the booming metropolises of Asia, religion is and always has been an integral feature of human life.

Religious Studies Internships

The department sponsors internships in the Memphis area with religious, social, and health agencies. For a description see Religious Studies 460 and 461.


Did you know that

•   Low income Americans experience much higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, and stroke than their more affluent neighbors?

•   African-Americans at all income and education levels experience much higher rates of infant mortality than their white peers?

Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society

Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society serving the needs of those involved in the study of religion and/or theology at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels of higher education. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose, and it currently hosts over 140 local chapters throughout the United States at institutions both large and small, public and private.

What Can I Do with a Major in Religious Studies?

The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

Description of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies has as its primary objective the academic study of religion. The courses offered explore living religious traditions, especially the Judeo-Christian faith and its relevance for contemporary life.