Dr. Robbie Fox Castleman, class of 1985, received the National 2011 "Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader of the Year Award for the Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society. The award was given in San Francisco during the Theta Alpha Kappa meeting at the American Academy of Religion annual conference. Castleman is currently amongst the faculty at John Brown University. She earned her Bachelor's degrees from Loyola University New Orleans, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has a Master's degree in Religion from Florida State and she completed her doctoral work in the summer of 2003 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary where she focused on Trinitarian ecclesiology. Dr. Castleman is a published writer and has three books out with IVPress (Parenting in the Pew, True Love in a World of False Hope, and Faith on the Edge ). She is currently under contract with IVPress for a book on the biblical patterns of Christian Worship.
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Christian Dispensationalism, the Taiping Revolution, cargo cults in Oceania, the Baha’i Faith, and the Raelian Movement would seem to have little in common. What they share, however, is a millennial orientation—the audacious human hope for a collective salvation, which may be heavenly or earthly or both. Although many religions feature a belief in personal salvation, millennial faiths are characterized by the expectation that salvation will be accomplished for an entire group by a superhuman agent, with or without human collaboration. The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism offers readers an in-depth look at both the theoretical underpinnings of the study of millennialism and its many manifestations across history and cultures.
While the term “millennialism” is drawn from Christianity, it is a category that is used to study religious expressions in diverse cultures, religious traditions, and historical periods. Sometimes, millennial expectations are expressed in peaceful ways. Other times, millennialists become involved in violence.
The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism begins with a section that examines four primary types of millennialism. Chapters in the next section examine key issues such as charismatic leadership, use of scripture, prophetic failure, gender roles, children, tension with society, and violence. The rest of the book explores millennialism in a wide variety of places and times, from ancient Near Eastern movements to contemporary apocalyptic and new age movements, including the roles played by millennialism in national and international conflicts. This handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars of religious studies, sociology, psychology, history, and new religious movements.
For more information about Dr. Wessinger and her research, see http://chn.loyno.edu/religious-studies/bio/catherine-wessinger
The Department of Religious Studies presents "Big Screen Beliefs." On select evenings throughout the semester, RELS professors will host a favorite, thought-provoking movie. Plans are underway to put together a season curated by students - if you are a student interested in hosting a film, please contact Sara Clark at email@example.com or call 504 865 3943.
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Robert Gnuse, Ph.D., religious studies professor at Loyola University New Orleans, had two books published this year.
“A Short Introduction to Old Testament,” published by Linus Press, is an undergraduate level textbook which provides a basic introduction to the study of the Old Testament based on the latest scholarly models in Old Testament Research.
“No Tolerance for Tyrants: The Biblical Assault on Kings and Kingship” was published by Liturgical Press and is designed as an undergraduate supplementary college textbook. The book is theologically oriented, and Gnuse will use it in his Law in the Ancient World course. According to Gnuse, the book “has a strong social justice emphasis, which makes it accord well with Jesuit ideals.”
Both textbooks are available for purchase in the Loyola University bookstore, and “No Tolerance for Tyrants” is available online at Amazon.com.
Instructor of Religious Studies
Ph.D. Anthropology, Tulane University, anticipated Dec. 2012, B.Sci., Organizational Behavior, University of San Francisco
Religious Studies equips students to understand the religious, cultural, and historical contexts that form the contemporary and future world. Students are challenged to contemplate belief-systems in an international landscape, to enrich and value their faith, and to consider how politics, economics, environment, law, foreign affairs, humanitarian programs, and educational institutions are deeply affected and influenced by religion.
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The religious studies program strives to achieve an understanding of the person as a religious believer and of the impact of religion upon human existence:
Christianity Minor (21 credits)
30 Credits. Required courses:
The Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series was begun in 1985 in memory of Professor H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a celebrated former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola University New Orleans from 1956 to 1966. Father Yamauchi was known and loved for his enthusiastic knowledge of religion and his passionate communication of same to the New Orleans community. This lecture series seeks to perpetuate his work by bringing the results of religious scholarship to a wider audience.