Dr. Victor Matthews, Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies, published his 19th (!) book, Experiencing Scripture: The Five Senses in Biblical Interpretation. Recently, Adair Seifert interviewed Victor for The Missouri State Journal. Victor’s primary academic field is in Biblical Studies, specifically the Old Testament/Hebrew … [Read more...] about Dean Victor Matthews Publishes 19th Book
Religious Studies Per Course Instructor, Mark G. Boyer, stopped by the office recently to announce two new books recently published: The Shelbydog Chronicles and Four Catholic Pioneers in Missouri: Lamarque, Kenrick, Fox, and Hogan, Irish Missionaries and Their Supporter. Four Catholic Pioneers is a historical book about the explorers and developers whose lives crossed each … [Read more...] about Mark Boyer publishes two new books
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce that our Academic Administrative Assistant, Jane Terry, was nominated and selected to receive the MSU Staff Excellence in University Service Award at the annual staff luncheon this past Tuesday. The award recognizes Missouri State University staff members “who strive to do their jobs well on a daily basis, … [Read more...] about REL Administrative Assistant Receives Staff Award
Students in Professor Steve Berkwitz’s REL 355 Buddhism course participated in a creative project dinner, where they presented an impressive array of paintings, drawings, poems, and other artistic works. Students described how the creative project assignment led them to think more deeply about the course material and to develop some new talents. The group also shared … [Read more...] about Buddhism Course Students Present Final Projects
The MSU Graduate College recently awarded the Distinguished Thesis Award in the Humanities to Mr. Riley Brown, who graduated in spring 2022 with a Master's Degree in Religious Studies. Riley’s thesis is called “A Nation of Priests: Authority, Expertise, and the Religious Nones,” and he argues therein that the religiously unaffiliated are akin to self-appointed experts in … [Read more...] about Religious Studies Graduate Wins Distinguished Thesis Award!