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Dr. Lydia E. N. Willsky-Ciollo

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 344
p: x2801


Current Research Interests

Currently, Dr. Willsky-Ciollo's research interests include the study of alternative scriptures, Unitarians, Transcendentalists, women's rights and social reform, liberal theology in traditionally non-liberal Christian movements, and questions of religious authority among Protestants.  Her first book Between Scripture and Progress: American Unitarianism and the Protestant Search for Religious Authority is under contract with Lexington Books.  The book examines the Protestant dilemma of naming the Bible the sole religious authority through the story of 19th century American Unitarians.  Dr. Willsky-Ciollo is also working on a project examining Henry Whitney Bellows, a Unitarian who believed that Unitarianism should become the "new" universal Church and one exploring the doctrine of universalism in both the Church of Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses.

Courses Taught

  1. RS 101: ER:CommonQuestionsTradResponse
  2. RS 101C: ER:CommonQuestionsTradResponse
  3. RS 260: Religion in the United States
  4. RS 263: New Religious Mvments in Amer
  5. RS 267: Mormonism: An American Church
  6. RS 360: I'm Spiritual, Not Religious
  7. RS 398: Independent Study

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