"People are not more fervent believers than they used to be, but their identification to religion has certainly shifted, creating a conjunction of religious and political identities that facilitate political mobilization and sometimes radical actions," writes T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding Jocelyne Cesari.
HDS Professor Todne Thomas and Columbia University Professor Courtney Bender consider the big destructive events or scenes associated with the end times with more subtle infrastructural degradations, moral shifts from government to citizen, deregulation and decentralization.
Ralph Benajah Potter, Jr., Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus at Harvard Divinity School, died February 25, at age 89. Potter passed away at home in the care of his family after a number of years in declining health.... Read more about Ralph Potter, Professor Emeritus, Dies
Harvard Professor Michael Sandel, renowned political philosopher and author of The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?, was interviewed by HDS Professor and Interim Pusey Minister at Memorial Church Stephanie Paulsell, during the First Church Homeless Ministries Gala.
"As we take our first steps on a path whose dimensions we can’t quite make out, whose edges we feel for in the dark, love can give us direction," says Stephaine Paulsell, Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at HDS.
"Hope in the grace and love of God is a hallmark of the righteous and those who love God and are beloved by God, the ability to see light in spite of darkness, to hope instead of despairing, and to know with conviction that with every difficulty comes deliverance and ease," says Imam Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain to Harvard University, and Lecturer on Muslim Studies at HDS.
"We are slowed down, yet living in a world of urgency and woe, where there is so much to be done. It is surely for the good that we are asking ourselves, 'Why do I do the research, writing, and teaching that I do?' This existential crisis may be a good one, pushing us back to the basics," said HDS Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
"Death as a palpable force looms large in the Yoruba religious and social consciousness. From cosmology to various ritual practices and genres of oral traditions such as proverbs, poetry and short stories are all brought to bear on the reality of death. Not a day goes by that speakers of the Yoruba language do not make mention of death as both a phenomenon and a certainty," says HDS Professor of African Religious Traditions Jacob Olupona.