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Religious Studies News & Events

Religious Studies News & Events

  •  Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

    Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

    Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

    Reflections on the past year and the possibilities for the future

    When: Tuesday, April 29th, 4:00-5:15PM

    Where: Arts and Sciences Building, Rm. 129


    No RSVP needed

    Light refreshments will be served


    A Round Table Conversation with:


    Department of Religious Studies


    Department of History


    Department of Religious Studies


    Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies

  •  Course to Consider for Summer Session 1 2014: TESP 4 The Christian Tradition

    Friday, Apr. 11, 2014

    Course to Consider for Summer Session 1 2014


    TESP 4  The Christian Tradition

    MTR 10:20AM-12:30PM with Professor Kern Trembath


    A theological examination of the Christian Tradition covering such topics as religious experience and the meaning of God; Jesus in the Gospels; the development and history of the Christian Churches; the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century global world.


    Prerequisite: None

    Fulfills RTC 1 Requirement

  •  How and Why We Pray

    Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014
  •  The Fragility of Faith: How Can a Thinking Person Still Believe in God?

    Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014
  •  Attention RS Majors and Minors: Pre-Registration

    Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

    We would like you to take the opportunity to pre-register for all religious studies courses. Please consult the course descriptions and tentative syllabus posted on the bulletin board at the third floor Kenna hallway by the Religious Studies Department. The pre-registration period is from Monday, April, 28 to Monday, May 5 at 5 PM. Please contact your advisor for further information.

  •  Get the facts in order: A history of women's relationship

    Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
  •  Guadalupe Celebration

    Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

    Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
    2 - 4 pm
    Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the SCU campus
    Admission is free and open to the public.


    Please join us at the annual celebration of "La Virgen del Tepeyac: The Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe" which will take place on Sunday, December 2, 2012 in the Mission Church.  All are invited to be a part of this celebration in drama, dance, and song that tells the story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The performance will be in Spanish with English commentary throughout. A reception will follow in the Willeman Room, Benson Center. This wonderful re-enactment is made possible through the collaboration of Teatro Corazon of Sacred Heart Parish and Santa Clara University students.


    For more information, please contact Dr. Ana María Pineda, RSM at (408) 554-6958, Lulu Santana at (408) 554-4639, or Rosa Guerra-Sarabia at (408) 554-5011.

  •  Dream Moment for SCU Religious Studies Alumni-Athlete Tanya Schmidt Includes NCAA President

    Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
  •  Catholicism, Politics, and The Primacy of Conscience: Reflections on Newman's 'Letter to The Duke of Norfolk'

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

    Catholicism, Politics, and The Primacy of Conscience: Reflections on Newman's 'Letter to The Duke of Norfolk'

    David DeCosse, Santa Clara University

    October 24, 2012 I 4-5:15 p.m.

    St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

    Professor DeCosse will explore how understandings of conscience within the writings of the great 19th century English theologian John Henry Newman may be relevant to contemporary debates around Catholic conscience and freedom.

  •  The Making of a Public Sphere: The Instructive Case of Puritan New England

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012


    David D. Hall

    Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History

    Harvard Divinity School


    Noon-1 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Kennedy Commons


    The debate about the role of religion in the public sphere is hardly a new. While the 2012 election season has seen renewed debates about religion in public and political rhetoric, the challenge has persisted through nearly four hundred years of American history. Drawing on his most recent book, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England, (Knopf, 2011), Professor Hall will explore the radical position that puritans took on the question of religion in public life—a legacy that looms large today.


    David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School, is a world-renown scholar of Puritanism and Seventeenth-Century New England and author of numerous books and articles on the intellectual and social worlds of Puritans and colonial New England, with a special focus on the idea “lived religion” in colonial America.



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