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Professors Hillary Rodrigues and Tom Robinson have been colleagues for three decades. Over this time, they have team-taught the World Religions course to thousands of students. They have taken a special interest in how to tailor religious studies courses for an increasingly digitally comfortable audience. This has led to the development of a range of digital resources designed to help students engage in the religious environment around them in a critically nuanced and balanced way.

Rodrigues and Robinson did their Ph.D. studies at McMaster University, with Rodrigues specializing in Eastern Religions and Robinson in Western Religions. They have spent most of their teaching careers in the Religious Studies Department of the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada. Both have published widely in their fields.


2018   Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navarātri Festival in South Asia. Caleb Simmons, Moumita Sen, and Hillary Rodrigues (eds.). Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2018.

2016   Introducing Hinduism 2nd Edition. London and New York: Routledge Publishers.

2016   Hinduism – the eBook 2nd Edition. Journal of Buddhist Ethics Online Books.

2014  World Religions: A Guide to the Essentials. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic. Co-authored with Thomas A. Robinson (additional chapters by James Linville and John Harding).

2013   The Study of Religion: A Reader, J. S. Harding and H. Rodrigues (eds.). New York and London: Routledge.

2011    Studying Hinduism in Practice. Edited by H. Rodrigues. London and New York: Routledge Publishers.

2009    Introduction to The Study of Religion (Co-authored with John S. Harding). London and New York: Routledge Publishers.

2003    Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess: The Liturgy of the Durgā Pūjā with Interpretations. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

2001    Krishnamurti’s Insight: An Examination of his Teachings on the Nature of Mind and Religion. Varanasi: Pilgrims Publishing.

Rodrigues is currently completing a comprehensive study of the Hindu goddess Durga, and researching the configurations of the modern nondual spirituality movement.


2017    Who Were the First Christians? Dismantling the Urban Thesis. New York: Oxford University Press.

2016    Preacher Girl: Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival. Waco TX: Baylor University Press.

2014 / 2006     World Religions: a guide to the essentials. Co-authored with Hillary Rodrigues (additional chapters by James Linville and John Harding) with software by Robinson. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson; 2d ed. Baker Academic.     

2013 / 2004     Early Christian Reader. Co-authored with Steve Mason. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson). Reprint: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

2012    Out of the Mouths of Babes”: Girls Evangelists in the Flapper Era. Co-authored with  Lanette Ruff. New York: Oxford University Press.

2009    Ignatius of Antioch and the Parting of the Ways: Early Jewish-Christian Relations. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson / Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

2006    Mastering New Testament Greek: Essential Tools for Students, with software. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson / Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic).

1993    The Early Church: An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English on the Early Church, with Brent Shaw et al. Metuchen: NJ: The American Theological Library Association and Scarecrow Press.

1988    The Bauer Thesis Examined: The Geography of Heresy in the Early Christian Church. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

1987/1989  Greek Verb Endings: A Reverse Index. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Robinson is currently working on a manuscript provisionally titled "Wrinkles in Jewish-Christian Dialogue," in which he examines the post-Holocaust efforts to reinterpret early Christian writings that speak harshly of Judaism. He is also working on a manuscript on the phenomenon of "god-fearers" in early Christianity.