The Religion Program at Bard

Religious ideas and practices have been crucial in shaping distinctive human societies throughout history,

and they continue to exercise critical influence in the world of the 21st century. We study the various phenomena we call "religion" for many reasons: for their intrinsic interest; to understand how particular religious expressions may reinforce or challenge their own social and historical settings; and to consider how they may also challenge and broaden our own understandings of the world.