Religion has been a force of liberation and domination; practice and belief; text and ritual. Religion shapes our everyday lives, in ways we know and ways we do not. The study of religion offers us the opportunity to ask central questions of a liberal arts education. How do humans create meaning in the day-to-day — individually and communally? How does power operate in social relations? How has human understanding of the world changed over time — and to what ends and why? Through Transy’s religion program, we learn to interpret human life by closely analyzing moral assumptions and categories of social difference. We collaborate to understand the complexity and diversity of human experience.
We study texts such as the Tanakh, Ramayana, Quran and New Testament. We examine regions across the globe. Importantly, we investigate the intersections of traditions, texts and regions with different schools of thought, such as gender studies and critical race theory. As an inherently interdisciplinary field, we learn methodologies from across the university, including history, comparative religions, ethnography, philosophy and data analysis. In this way, the religion program prepares us to be thoughtful participants in the Transylvania community and the world.