Religious studies can be viewed much like learning a language. Religion is expressed through the languages of myth, ritual, and symbol.
The study of religion at Marlboro College is viewed as an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor. While a text-based study of the Bible, for example, might utilize tools of literary and historical criticism, the study of religious rites and ritual will greatly benefit from theories of performance generated in the dramatic arts. The investigation of religious worldviews as coherent systems would benefit from a background in logic and mathematics, while courses in sociology will enable the student to understand the role religious ideas play in ordering and structuring societies.
The Mirror of Stories: Examinations of Miguel Ángel Asturias’ “Leyenda de la Tatuana” and Ahmet Hilmi’s Awakened Dreams, and a retelling of a myth
“I will embrace suffering and begin to live”: A study of suffering in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Dostoevsky
An exploration of pragmatism and the meaning of wisdom in the Saṁdhinirmocana Sūtra and its relevance for contemporary Buddhist thought and practice
The family of Abraham: An exploration of familial relationships and ethical dilemmas in the biblical story of Abraham
Religion and identity: An analysis of the relationship between Christianity and adolescent identity development in the U.S.