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Dr. Mary Gaebler: Sabbatical Plans & Questions: “How are Identity and Faith Related?”

Dr. Mary Gaebler, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, teaches in the area of theological ethics. Her work emerges from a preliminary interest in Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and Lutheran theology. Dr. Gaebler will be on sabbatical this coming academic year, 2021-2. The following is her description of the ideas and questions she’ll […]

Dr. Elledge Interviewed on Learning for Life @ Gustavus — Plus A Peak at Some Great New Scholarship

Dr. Casey Elledge was featured this past year on Learning for Life @ Gustavus, a new podcast hosted by Dr. Greg Kaster (History). In an episode entitled “From Preacher’s Nephew to Religion Prof,” Dr. Elledge discusses his early exposure to lived Christianity, and the various influences that eventually brought him to the study of Second Temple Judaism […]

Dr. Caruthers Accepts Fellowship at Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies

We are excited to announce that Dr. Rodney Caruthers Jr., current Visiting Assistant Professor and Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Religion, will be returning to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a 2021-22 Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. The theme for the upcoming year will focus […]

Introduction: A New Series: Discussions of Faculty Writing by Department Alumni Jared Morningstar (’18) & Oakley Clark (’18) (Part 2)

  Hi Gustavus Religion Blog, I’m Jared Morningstar, 2018 graduate and alumnus of the Religion Department.  Though I did not anticipate studying religion when I first arrived at Gustavus, I ended up living in Old Main for much of my four years of college. When I wasn’t eating at the caf or playing French horn […]

Introduction: A New Series: Discussions of Faculty Writing by Department Alumni Jared Morningstar (’18) & Oakley Clark (’18) (Part 1)

I’m Oakley. Hello. I graduated in 2018 with political science and religion degrees. Like many, I never intended to major in religion. My FTS, the Gospel of John, sucked me into the department and off I went. While at GAC, I loved my classes—one independent study on theology comes to mind—and, like most GAC students, […]

Upcoming: A New Series: Discussions of Faculty Writing by Department Alumni Jared Morningstar (’18) & Oakley Clark (’18)

Announcement: In a new Blog series, Gustavus Religion alumni Jared Morningstar (’18) and Oakley Clark (’18) will be reading and discussing works by Department faculty. Check back for their first post next month.

Religion Major Anna Duong-Topp Wins Patricia Lindell Research Prize

We are excited to announce that recently-graduated Religion Major Anna Duong-Topp (’20) has won this year’s Patricia Lindell Research Prize, awarded by the faculty of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Ms. Duong-Topp’s paper, “Ontological Homelessness as a Phenomenology of Belonging: Comparing the Nihilism of Martin Heidegger and Keiji Nishitani,” was selected from among dozens of […]

Department of Religion Celebrates 60 Years

This year, the Department of Religion celebrates its 60th anniversary. On Saturday, September 26th, 202o, dozens of current and former majors and minors, emeritus and current faculty, as well as the College’s President, came together on Zoom to virtually toast the sixtieth anniversary of the Department of Religion. Gustavus Adolphus College has, of course, taught […]

Introducing Dr. Robert Porwoll, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

This year, the Department welcomes a second new visiting faculty member, Dr. Robert Porwoll, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion. Dr. Porwoll received his PhD from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in the History of Christianity.  This fall, Dr. Porwoll is teaching REL 132 Religion and Ecology and REL 253 Science and Religion. Keep watch for Dr. Porwoll’s J-Term […]

Introducing Dr. Rodney A. Caruthers II, Visiting Assistant Professor and Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow

The Department is proud and excited to welcome Dr. Rodney A. Caruthers II, our first Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Caruthers received his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2019, where he specialized in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins/New Testament. His dissertation was entitled Learning How to Write Narrative: Jewish Education during […]


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