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Religious Studies


Remembering Paul Crowley, S.J.

Paul G. Crowley, S.J., the Santa Clara Jesuit Community Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, passed away on August 7, 2020, after a long illness. Father Crowley joined the faculty of Santa Clara University after joining the Jesuit Order in 1986.

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Religion involves the human search for ultimate meaning.

Not only a matter of belief, religion also is a primary mode for creating a sense of belonging and influences the entire scope of human societies, including ethical and political systems. Religious Studies engages the stuff of life and culture: faith and history, theology and ethics, texts and ritual, science and technology, art and literature, race, ethnicity and gender. We study Christianity and Catholicism, but also Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other traditions, including atheism, both local and global. In the Religious Studies Department, our teaching and research are suffused with a deep commitment to social justice and care for the earth itself. The study of religion intersects with virtually every other approach to understanding the world and ourselves.

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Race & Religion in America

RS Conversation with Professors Karl Lampley and Jim Bennett.

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Seeking Unity Amid Division

Six students, two Campus Ministry leaders, and three members of the RS faculty gathered for a special Winter Quarter edition of Religious Studies Conversations.

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Senior Lecturer Inspired To Create Student ‘Trust Pods’

Sarita Tamayo-Moraga finds success in applying social media’s chat format to video discussion assignments.

Fall 2020 Perspectives
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David Gray, Ph.D., Department Chair

Vicky Gonzalez, Department Manager


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