Jeff Richey

Jeff Richey

Current Occupation: Tenured Professor

"Thanks to the preparation that I received from my mentors in Religious Studies at UNCG, I was able to win admission to graduate programs..."

Kristen deFur

Angela Chavis '13

Current Occupation: Student

"I have always been interested in world religions and how they relate to diverse populations of people. Essentially, our world is evolving..."

Mallory McComas

Christopher McKee '92

Current Occupation: Adjunct Professor of Law

"I would find it difficult to separate out what I learned in Religious Studies from nearly everything I have done in my career or life since leaving..."

Tonisha Lashley

Kirsten deFur '01

Current Occupation: Director of Peer Education

"I have always been encouraged to learn about the variety of beliefs in the world and how people experience religion and spirituality.."

Faculty Bookshelf

Aquinas and the Supreme Court Thomas Aquinas and the Supreme Court by Eugene Roger
Lawmakers, judges, pundits, and clergy deploy natural-law reasoning on all manner of public issues, from gender roles to just war; the US Supreme Court still cites 13th C. theologian Thomas Aquinas on abortion and homosexuality. But in Aquinas's commentaries on the Bible, a very different understanding of natural law emerges in which Aquinas embeds all law, even natural law, not in a particular logic, but in a particular story. The commentaries describe a nature that differs by ethnicity, varies over time, and changes sexuality by God’s decree.