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Departments Religion and Culture

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is one of the founding faculties of the University of Groningen, and celebrated its fourth centenary in 2014. With its combination of approaches from the humanities and the social sciences, the Faculty contributes significantly to the strong scholarly reputation of the University of Groningen, both in Europe and globally.

Since the days of Gerardus van der Leeuw (1890–1950), world-renowned scholar of religion and founder of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion, the faculty’s research and teaching have become increasingly focused on the interrelation between religion and culture. This interrelation is explored by studying processes of acculturation and mutual adaptation, as well as the critical tensions between religion and culture.

The Faculty’s mission and profile become visible in three departments, addressing in their research and teaching three major scholarly areas and societal issues:

  • The interrelation between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in their formative phases;
  • The appearance of religion in its continuing global importance, both in comparative and historical perspective;
  • The relation between Christianity, philosophy, and the public domain in the Western world.
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