Do you have an identity crisis? Are you asking yourself questions about your religious affiliation, faith, and identity? Do you wonder what it means to identify yourself as “Christian,” Muslim,” “atheist,” or as “agnostic”? Are you curious as to what religious identity is and whether it necessitates a particular belief or a specific institutional affiliation? Are religious identities exclusive? Can you belong to more than religious tradition? Does your faith demand a certain attitude towards believers or practitioners from other religious traditions?
We ask these very same questions in our religion courses. Our courses explore what it means to be religious in the contemporary world. The religion program offers field trips to various places of worship and facilitates interfaith encounters in the U.S. and abroad. Our students visit Buddhist temples in East Asia, Shinto shrines in Japan, mosques and synagogues in Central Europe and the Middle East, and churches in Israel, South Africa, and Brazil.
Inside and outside our classrooms, our students encounter believers and practitioners from a variety of religious traditions, investigate theories of interreligious encounters, and explore what it means to live in a religiously diverse world.
"Because of the Religion courses I’ve taken at Luther College, I’ve grown and learned so much about different beliefs around the world as well as my own. The professors challenge your preconceptions and comfort to make sure that your ideas and beliefs are not only well-founded, but significant and sincere. The Religion Department has made me a better person." -Chris Lovagnini, '16