Among the many commitments Vanderbilt Divinity School tries to live into, we pursue our vocations with a deep appreciation and engagement of the religious pluralism in our world. As scholars of religion, we know there is no one version of any faith tradition, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. As academics and people of faith, we abhor any attempts to demonize other religious traditions. We believe in interreligious understanding and encourage all to join us to better understand all faith traditions in their rich and sometimes troubling diversity and to acknowledge that violent extremism in all faiths violates the basic tenets and beliefs of the vast majority of their adherents.
Click here for a short statement from the Department of Religious Studies.
VDS Voices Blog
- Authorial Intentions — By Chris Benda, Theological Librarian Authorial Intentions, the Divinity and Graduate Department of Religion faculty interview podcast, turns 5 this year. Thanks to faculty participation, we have 25 podcasts archived. The podcasts give faculty an opportunity to talk about recent publications – typically, a book. This past November, however, Dave Michelson discussed the digital humanities...January 21, 2015
- Honoring the Life of Design — by Katy Scrogin, MTS’03 I ditched my car when I moved to Chicago. Living in the middle of things, right next to a subway and bus hub, there’s no need to bother with it. And even during the city’s challenging winters, I walk the twenty-five minutes to work every day; I stay sane by moving,...January 20, 2015
- January READ THIS BOOK — Each month, we ask a member of the Vanderbilt Divinity School faculty to recommend a book they are currently reading. Our January recommendation is offered by Phillis I. Sheppard, Associate Professor in Religion, Psychology, and Culture. A Womanist Pastoral Theology Against Intimate and Cultural Violence by Stephanie M. Crumpton, Palgrave Macmillan (2014) This past Fall...January 11, 2015
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- Dean Emilie M. Townes quoted in Vanderbitle Hustler article, Between brats and bigots January 21, 2015
- Dean Emilie M. Townes among authors of An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States January 18, 2015
- Cardinal decries 'feminized' Catholic Church in backlash against pope's reforms VDS Prof, Bruce Morrill, is quoted January 15, 2015
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