Religion

The Department of Religion provides students with a framework for the systematic study of Christian history, theological and ethical development, and contemporary expression in society. With this focus--and study in Eastern and Native American religions and Judaism--students prepare for careers as social workers, church administrators, rabbis, counselors, professors, and priests.

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Courses

ABRAHAMIC LITERATURE

  • 112: Hebrew Bible
  • 114: Jesus and the Gospels
  • 115: Major Themes of the Qur’an
  • 116: Paul and Early Christianity
  • 217: Paul Through Jewish and Christian Eyes
  • 226: From Prophecy to Apocalyptic

HISTORICAL STUDIES

  • 135: History of Religion in America
  • 214: Classical Mythology
  • 223: Religions of India: Hinduism and Buddhism
  • 224: Religious Thought of China and Japan
  • 227: Ancient Near Eastern Religion

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

  • 120: Introduction to Roman Catholic Thought
  • 131: Jesus Saves? Salvation Metaphors in Christian Thought
  • 215: Christian Theology
  • 236: The Christian Experience of Sin and Redemption
  • 255: Latin American Liberation Theology

RELIGION & CULTURE

  • 130: Religion, Myth and the Movies
  • 133: Native American Religions
  • 136: Seeing and Believing: Women, Religion and Film
  • 225: Theology and Culture
  • 251: Modern Jewish Religious Movements

ETHICS

  • 210: Christian Ethics
  • 211: Christian Ethics and War
  • 212: Materialism: The Disenchantment of Nature
  • 240: Jewish and Christian Feminism
  • 245: Religion and Politics
  • 246: War and Peace in the Biblical World

ADVANCED STUDY

  • 310: Methods in Religious Study
  • 370: The Senior Seminar
  • 385: Directed Study in Religion
  • 190-199, 290-299, 390-399. Special Topics.
  • 381-384. Independent Study.
  • 386-388. Field Study.
  • 400-401. Honors.

Facilities

Students have access to the research facilities of the Center for Jewish Studies (a privately endowed institution located at Lehigh University) and to the outstanding library collection of the Moravian Theological Seminary (located in the College’s Reeves Library). Consortium courses in religion are regularly taught on Moravian’s campus by the faculty of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. Cross-registration for courses on other campuses is also possible.


Opportunities

Students may take courses at Moravian Theological Seminary. The department has offered study tours to Koinonia Farm and other religious communities in the United States and to England, Israel, and Mexico. Religion students are active in the Campus Chapel Program and the Religious Life Council (a College committee).


Faculty

KELLY DENTON-BORHAUG
Associate Professor of Religion; Chair of the Department of Religion

EDUCATION:  B.A., California State University, Northridge; M.Div., Pacific Lutheran Theological Semianry; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

INTERESTS:  Christian images and understandings of salvation, feminist theology and ethics, ethics and war. Currently Dr. Denton-Borhaug is working on research related to the intersection between Christian understandings of sacrifice, and sacrificial ideology in “war-culture.”

JASON RADINE
Assistant Professor of Religion

EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., & Ph.D., University of Michigan

INTERESTS: The origins of Israelite/Jewish identity in the ancient Near East, intra-religious conflict in biblical texts, ancient Near Eastern culture and religion, modern Judaism, ethical issues in religion. Dr. Radine's current research projects are on the phenomenon of literary prophecy and its role in the development of Israelite/Jewish religious and political thought.

ARASH NARAGHI
Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy

EDUCATION: M.S., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara


Emeriti
  • Mary Faith Carson
  • G. Clarke Chapman
  • Donald P. St. John
  • James Yerkes