Religious Studies Chips-and-Dip Open House
Please join Department of Religious Studies faculty and students at our annual Open House on Monday, October 20. The event will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Center living room. Come for chips and dip, Vernors and root beer, and conversation about Religious Studies.
For more information, call 517/629-0207, or email Linda Clawson, department secretary, at
McWhirter Book Considers 'Agenda' for Luke, Acts
Religious studies professor Jocelyn McWhirter brings new insights to some of the Bible's most studied texts with her new book, Rejected Prophets: Jesus and His Witnesses in Luke-Acts. Her argument that the author of Luke and Acts portrays Jesus and other New Testament figures as prophets leads to some intriguing conclusions about the writer's identity and intent.
McWhirter Chosen to Participate in 2013-14 Wabash Center Colloquy
Jocelyn McWhirter, associate professor of religious studies, is participating in a 2013-14 colloquy on Religious Commitments in the Undergraduate Classroom. The gathering of 20 religious studies professors first met this past June and will convene again for multiday sessions in February and June 2014. According to the Wabash Center, “At first glance, it might seem odd that there should be a question about the place of religious commitments in undergraduate classes in religion and theology. But most teachers in undergraduate settings know first-hand the force of the question."
Mourad Helps Untangle Mystic Jeanne Guyon's Intriguing Story
Jeanne Guyon—wealthy widow in the court of Louis XIV, imprisoned for heresy and her friendship with a powerful cleric—is not the heroine of a historical novel, but the real-life subject of years of scholarship done by French professor Dianne Guenin-Lelle and religious studies professor Ronney Mourad. Their work has resulted in two new books, Jeanne Guyon: Selected Writings, released by Paulist Press, and The Prison Narratives of Jeanne Guyon, published by Oxford University Press.