Anthony Smith

    Anthony Smith

    professor of religious studies

    ‘Its not just High Theology’

    Though its primary audience is doctoral, licentiate and certificate candidates, the Marian Library also provides distinctive educational opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Dayton.

    Anthony Smith, a religious studies professor who teaches a course for all majors in the core undergraduate curriculum, uses the Marian Library’s stamps, postcards, brochures and artwork to support his students’ cultural study of 19th-century Catholicism.

    “It’s not just high theology,” Smith says. “It’s also a wealth of commonplace objects and materials that represent everyday Catholic and religious culture and experience. These are utterly central and important to what we call the practice of religion.”