Myths, misconceptions and the study of religion
People are often confused about the inclusion of religion in an academic institution's curriculum. Despite the prominence of religious discourse and language in the contemporary political and cultural landscape, often of tremendous interest to people with no religious beliefs themselves, the confusion between "studying" religion and "being religious" continues to exist.
However, the study of religion belongs in the university for the simple reason that so many societies and people around the world organize their lives within the framework of religious beliefs and practices. As with any humanities discipline, students may find their personal beliefs broadened, strengthened, or just as often, challenged by their studies.
These are simply the side effects of the study of religion in a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, not the goal, and students are urged to be open to the intellectual adventure available to them in our classes.