• Benjamin Wright teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
    Ancient Texts Benjamin Wright teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
  • Jewish food is a research interest of Dr. Chava Weisler.
    Challah at Shabbat Jewish food is a research interest of Dr. Chava Weisler.
  • Benjamin Wright's research focuses mostly on Judaism in the Second Temple period, which includes the beginnings of Christianity.
    Christ Appearing to St. Peter Benjamin Wright's research focuses mostly on Judaism in the Second Temple period, which includes the beginnings of Christianity.
  • Dena Davis works on issues involving the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research
    Bioethics Dena Davis works on issues involving the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research
  • Monica R. Miller holds research interests in religion in youth culture, popular culture, identity and difference, new black religious movements and theory and method in the study of religion.
     Monica R. Miller holds research interests in religion in youth culture, popular culture, identity and difference, new black religious movements and theory and method in the study of religion.
  • Robert Rozehnal has traveled widely in the Muslim world, with extended periods of study and fieldwork research in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Malaysia.
    Minarets at sunset Robert Rozehnal has traveled widely in the Muslim world, with extended periods of study and fieldwork research in Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Malaysia.
  • Benjamin Wright is Professor of the History of Christianity in the Religion Studies Department and teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
    4Q166 Pesher on Hosea Benjamin Wright is Professor of the History of Christianity in the Religion Studies Department and teaches courses in Bible, ancient Jewish and Christian literature, and the history of Judaism and Early Christianity.
  • Finster is a research focus of Dr. Norman Girardot, Professor Emeritus.
    Howard Finster's portrait of Don Swartzentruber Finster is a research focus of Dr. Norman Girardot, Professor Emeritus.
  • Hip hop as it reflects and is reflected by contemporary religion is a research focus of Dr. Monica Miller.
    The Colors of Hip Hop Hip hop as it reflects and is reflected by contemporary religion is a research focus of Dr. Monica Miller.
  • Robert Rozehnal has directed two Lehigh summer study abroad programs in India and Turkey that each focus on Islam.
    Time for Prayer -- Salat Robert Rozehnal has directed two Lehigh summer study abroad programs in India and Turkey that each focus on Islam.

Department of Religion Studies

The Religion Studies Department is devoted to the academic investigation of religion as an intrinsic dimension of human experience and culture. At its core, religion studies is a cross-cultural discipline. Faculty explore multiple dimensions of diverse religious worlds and the people who inhabit them, employing a wide variety of languages, methodologies and critical theories as interpretive tools. Drawing on a broad range of humanistic and social scientific modes of inquiry, the scholarly study of religion is an integral facet of a liberal arts education. In the classroom, students encounter the texts, teachings, ritual practices and institutions of various traditions, both past and present. They confront basic issues of value and meaning raised by modern multicultural and technological society, as well as questions and challenges resulting from discoveries in the natural sciences.

As scholars, we teach rather than preach about religion—and in all of our courses, students learn ‘about’ religion, they don’t ‘do’ religion. As an academic unit, the Department of Religion Studies’ mission is distinct from other institutions and clubs across the Lehigh campus where religious and spiritual life are appropriately practiced, experienced and expressed.

Faculty News

Monica Miller and Christopher Driscoll engage in impolite conversation with John L. Jackson, Jr. about his new book Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money and Religion.

On September 28th, Dr. Monica Miller will be giving a lecture on Religion and Hip-Hop in Memphis, Tennessee, for the Memphis Freethought Alliance.

Dr. Christopher Driscoll, along with the CERCL Writing Collective of Rice University (Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, Founding DIrector), is publishing a new book on Hip Hop and the Black Church.

Professor Dena Davis was mentioned recently in an opinion piece in the New York Times. The piece can be viewed here.

Can hip-hop and a history lesson help improve discussions about race among atheists?

In “Humanism and/in Hip-Hop,”...