Faculty Profile

Peter Schadler

Assistant Professor of Religion (2017)

Contact Information


East College Room 211


  • B.A., St. John's College, 2001
  • M.St.Oxon, University of Oxford, St. Hugh's College, 2004
  • D.Phil.Oxon, University of Oxford, University College, 2011

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

HIST 101 The Age of Faith
Cross-listed with RELG 209-01.This survey course will study the development of European civilization during the period c.400 to 1500 with special attention to the rise of the papacy and religious conflict. It will consider the impact of such events as the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic invasions, the development of Christianity and the Church, the emergence of feudalism, the expansion of Islam and the Crusades, and the creation of romantic literature.

RELG 209 The Age of Faith
Cross-listed with HIST 101-01.

RELG 500 Independent Study

Spring 2024

JDST 107 Jews/Christians/Pagans in Time
Cross-listed with RELG 107-01.

RELG 107 Jews/Christians/Pagans in Time
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01.

PHIL 113 Dialogue and Difference
Cross-listed with RELG 260-02.

RELG 260 Dialogue and Difference
Cross-listed with PHIL 113-01.

RELG 260 The Problem of Evil
What is evil? Can people be evil? This course will examine a series of case studies in literature, history, and psychology as a means to considering the problem of evil, and religious responses to it. While Christian stories will feature prominently, we will also look at stories from other religious traditions, and what these have to say about evil and the turning away from it. Part of the goal of the course will be to try and understand why humans radically change their lives and how they respond to apparent instances of evil.

MEMS 500 Independent Study

RELG 500 Independent Study