P. L. Gardella, PhD
Professor, World Religions
Reid Hall, Room 420
Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm; Wednesday 2:00-3:30pm; Friday 11:30am-12:00pm; by appt TWF
Professor Gardella loves the study of religions, both as a fascinating subject and for what religions reveal about history, cultures, human beings, and ultimate truth. Their personal history and family connections have given them a practitioner’s knowledge of Roman Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, and Jewish traditions. As a scholar and teacher, they stress the connections between religions and other aspects of life, such as sports, politics, economics, popular culture, and sexual customs. Professor Gardella has found that Manhattanville is a special place to teach and to study religion because of its history, its location, and the diversity of its faculty and student body. In addition to the books listed below, Professor Gardella hopes to complete books on the world’s religions in New York City and on birds in the world’s religions in the next few years.
Introduction to World Religions
Sexuality and Religion
The End of the World
Religion in America
The Psychology of Mystical Experience
Native American Religions (with Prof. Laurence Krute)
Religion and Violence (Honors Seminar)
The World’s Religions in New York City
Ph.D., Yale University
Master of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard College
Innocent Ecstasy: How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure Updated Edition
"American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred"
"American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World"
"Domestic Religion: Work, Food, Sex and Other Commitments"