Bryan S. Rennie
Vira I. Heinz Professor of Religion
Patterson Hall Room 336
Office hours: M&F 10:00 - 1:30; T&Th 12:30 - 1:30; and by arrangement
Telephone: 724 946 7151.
My only e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics
Former Vice-President and Program Chair
North American Association for the Study
"Guest Editor's Introduction: Religion, Art, and Cognition." Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 9 no. 3 (September 2015): 251-258.
"Religion and Art Behavior?A Theory and an Example: The Biblical Prophets as Postcolonial Street Theater." Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 9 no. 3 (September 2015): 312-334.
| "I am proud to be involved in a profession,
religious studies, which has taken seriously the phenomenological
method, banning the ideological or theological determination of
descriptive or historical truth." (Ninian Smart, Dimensions of
the Sacred, p. 177).
|I teach "World Religions" through both philosophy and religious studies, having majored in philosophy as a method for the study of religion. My doctoral work concentrated on theory and method in the study of religion and convinced me that philosophy cannot be adequate as a method for the study of religion without a thorough grasp of the history of religion, just as the history of religion is incomplete without critical philosophical understanding. The History of Religion, like Art History, requires both criticism and content. My publications on the historian of religions, Mircea Eliade, have attracted an international audience and my book from the State University of New York Press, Reconstructing Eliade: Making Sense of Religion, was reviewed, generally favorably, in many of the leading journals in the field. (See reviews.)|
This semester (Fall 2015):