Bryan S. Rennie
Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Patterson Hall Room 336
Office hours: by arrangement
Telephone: 724 946 7151.
My only e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Division of Social Sciences and Humanities
Former Vice-President and Program Chair
North American Association for the Study
Organizer of the North American Undergraduate Conference on Religion and Philosophy, 2008, 2010, 2015.
“The Ethology of Art and Religion,” in Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni 83 no. 1 (2017): 243-269.
| "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.)|
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