Welcome to Religious Studies

Some knowledge of world religion(s) is essential for professionals who work within the Canadian multicultural complex, and for anyone who wishes to participate in the global economy. The study of religion(s) helps us to understand cultural values and respond to the diversity that is found in our communities, Canadian public life, and international relations.

Laurier Waterloo joint PhD program.

Why We Must Accommodate: Competing Human Rights at York

Earlier this year, York University sociology professor Paul Grayson went public with a student’s request for religious accommodation, outlining the case as a conflict between “parochial religious rights” and universal human rights. He later affirmed his support for Quebec’s Charter of Values. This talk looks at the relationship of religion, human rights, secularism, and multiculturalism in Canadian public life.

David Seljak is co-editor of Religion and Ethnicity in Canada and Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada. Recently he has worked on the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s policies on competing rights and protecting religious freedom.

Arts Lecture Hall 113

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.

Public Talk - Uppity Unbelievers: Why New Atheism Matters

Tired of grumpy atheists telling you why you shouldn’t believe in God? Religious Studies’ Doug Cowan tells us why atheism is important and why society needs the (new) atheists. The answers may surprise you

Doug Cowan is a Professor of Religious Studies and Social Development at Renison University College.  He is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles and essays. 

Date: Thursday, March 13, 3:30-5 pm

Location: AL 124 - Refreshments will be served