Philip Jenkins

Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies

Pennsylvania State University



RELIGIOUS STUDIES 001H 

You can find some introductory discussion of what I call the "building blocks" of the great religions here.

Some attempts to define religion - not as straightforward a process as you might think!

An article on the possible biological roots of spirituality.

David Brooks’ important case for why we need to know more about religion to understand the world around us.

A discussion of why religious traditions tend to split into lots of diverse movements.

We will be discussing how the Bible might preserve older concepts of religion, many from what we might call "primal" religions. Here are some Old Testament passages that illustrate this point. In this section, here are some indications of the practice of human sacrifice in Biblical times.

A handout on understanding why churches look the way they do.

A handout on monasticism.

A set of questions and suggestions about pilgrimage.

This is a piece I wrote on Islam in the United States.

Some comparative materials on Christian and Buddhist mysticism.

Nora Gallagher’s THINGS SEEN AND UNSEEN.


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