Assoc. Dean for Admissions Liz Hutton Transitions to Duke SISS

Friday, July 21, 2017
Dear colleagues, I am writing to let you know that Liz Hutton will be leaving her position as The Graduate School’s associate dean for admissions, effective August 8. Liz will transition to the Duke SISS Office, where over the next year she will focus on supporting Duke Kunshan with the... Read More »

GPR and Religious Studies Mourn Loss

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Kalman P. Bland, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Religious Studies, Duke University, died on July 15, 2017, in Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire, UK. He became seriously ill while traveling with his partner, Annabel Wharton, in Italy and England; doctors... Read More »

Julie Kelto Lillis Wins Award for Article

Friday, July 7, 2017
Recent alumna of our program Julie Kelto Lillis's first published article (from spring 2016, Journal of Early Christian Studies) received the American Society of Church History's Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize for the year's best published essay on the role of women in the history of Christianity.... Read More »

Erin Galgay Walsh Wins Best Paper Prize

Friday, July 7, 2017
Our PhD candidate Erin Galgay Walsh won the Best Paper Prize at the North American Patristics Society meeting in May, 2017.  You can read more about the prizes offered here. The name of the paper Erin presented is "Verse Exegesis: The Performance of Theological Reflection." Congratulations,... Read More »

Matthew Mitchell Wins Dissertation Prize

Friday, May 26, 2017
Matthew Mitchell has been awarded a Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, given for the best doctoral dissertation on East Asian Buddhism for academic years 2014-2016.  The Selection Committee chose his dissertation, “Beyond the Convent Walls: The Local and Japan-wide Activities of... Read More »

Stephen Chapman's book awarded "2016 reference book of the year"

Friday, May 26, 2017
Dr. Stephen B. Chapman has won an award from the Academy of Parish Clergy for his book 1 Samuel as Christian Scripture: A Theological Commentary. A recording of the interview with Eerdman's can be found here and you can read more information about his award here

More Than 1,000 Faith Leaders Say No Thanks To Trump’s Planned ‘Religious Liberty’ Order

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
By Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday on “religious liberty.” According to White House officials, the order could either offer protections to individuals and organizations who discriminate against members of the LGBTQ... Read More »

Religion is alive and thriving in officially atheist China

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
By The World Staff, PRI The communists who took the reins in China in 1949 viewed religion as backward and superstitious. Authorities did their best to wipe out religious life. And by the end of the 1970s, they'd been very successful. "There were basically no functioning places of worship in... Read More »

Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Friday, April 28, 2017
By Tom Gjelten, NPR Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. People separate their religion from their institutions and from parts of their lives. Sociologists have a name for this idea. They call it the "... Read More »

US commission: Russia a major violator of religious freedom

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service (RNS) The State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a U.S. commission declared in its annual report. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, founded to advise the federal government on... Read More »