Religion Professor's Review Essay Published

Monday, January 30, 2012

A review essay by Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor of religion, was published in a recent issue of the journal Religions of South Asia.

Rennie's contribution, "Heterological Alternatives in the History of Religion," was included in a special issue dedicated to review essays of Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair's book Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality, and the Politics of Translation.

In the essay, Rennie writes: "I had not previously realized the extent to which the homogenization of language in the culture of monotheology and monotheolingualism was imposed by the British in India.  Mandair's impressive knowledge of not only Sikhism and colonialism but also of the continental philosophy of religion has given me an opportunity to fill some gaps in my own education, and for that I am profoundly grateful."

Rennie, who chairs Westminster's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, has been with Westminster since 1992.  He earned an undergraduate degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  His research interests focus on the works of Mircea Eliade, about whom he has authored four books and numerous articles.

Contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

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Dr. Bryan Rennie