The Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit context of education, encourages the academic study of religion in a spirit of free intellectual inquiry. As the 34th congregation of the Society of Jesus states: “To be religious today is to be interreligious.” And so from the very beginning, students are invited to consider their faith in a global context, to deepen their appreciation of themselves in a religious world, and to offer the results of their revelations for the benefit of all.
The January 26, 2015 issue of the American Academy of Religion's Spotlight on Teaching, devoted to teaching about new religious movements, includes Professor Catherine Wessinger's essay "Integrating New Religions Scholarship into Religious Studies Courses." It is available at: http://rsn.aarweb.org/node/148
This is her eighth book since graduating from Loyola. She is a professor of theology and the New Testament at John Brown University in Arkansas.