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Sociologist Christian Smith wins book award for research building innovative theory of religion

Author: Josh Weinhold

Christian Smith

Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, has won the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 2018 Distinguished Book Award.

The honor, conferred upon the most outstanding book published by an SSSR member in the past two years, lauded the “impressive accomplishment” of Smith’s Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters

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Ansari Institute statement on mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Author: Ansari Institute

The Ansari Institute condemns the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We mourn with friends and relatives of the eleven worshippers killed by gunfire, and stand in solidarity with all Jews in Pittsburgh, across the nation, and around the world. At a historical moment when ethno-religious nationalism is rising, and we see more and more anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, it is tragic but not surprising that the gunman, who “wanted all Jews to die,” also was outraged that HIAS, the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees, had aided displaced Muslims and migrants of other faiths. Evidence suggests the assailant shot the worshippers because HIAS is resettling “invaders” that “kill our people.” But, for us, all 

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Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion announces inaugural events

Author: Christine Cox

Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion

The new Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame will officially launch with private and public events this month.

On Oct. 25, religion historian Thomas Tweed, founding director of the Ansari Institute, will deliver the inaugural keynote address titled “Engaging Religion” at 5 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.…

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