The Moseley Prizes, which were established by Thomas Moseley of Hyde Park in 1872, are awarded annually. Prizes will be awarded for substantial essays, term papers, or honors theses that take a scholarly approach to the study of religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the submission must be on a subject matter that falls within the purview of the field of Religious Studies (or a pattern of religious thought, sensibility, or conduct). Although the prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. 

Interested students are invited to consult Professor T. Jaffer, Chair of the Moseley Committee and Religion Department, for further information regarding this competition. Please submit two copies of your entry no later than noon on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to the Religion Department Office in 108B Chapin Hall. 

The recipient(s) of the Moseley Prize for the year 2018 will be announced at Senior Assembly in Johnson Chapel, Amherst College.

Winners of the Moseley Prize 2017

First Prize

Samuel Keaser:  “Leaving Evangelicalism:  The Emergent Church’s Emigration from Evangelical Christianity”

Raymond Meijer:  “Catholic Priests’ Involvement in American Social Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and the Struggle between Opposing Religious Identity and Political Convictions”

James O’Connor:  “All Things to All People:  Intersections of Theology and Identity in Paul’s Corinthian Epistles”

Elizabeth White:  “Complicating Stereotypes of Catholicism and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century United States:  A Comparison of Bishop John England and Charles Hodge on Slavery”