HDS in the News

Hempton Traces Europe's New Religious Landscape

Hempton Traces Europe's New Religious Landscape

September 1, 2015

To Dean David N. Hempton, Europe has lost touch with the roots of its culture and is at a crossroads. The once- Christian continent is in an identity crisis amid an increasingly secular and interconnected world.

Engaging Pluralism Theologically in Melbourne

Engaging Pluralism Theologically in Melbourne

August 21, 2015

Professor Frank Clooney, the CSWR director, writes about nearing the end of a month-long visit to Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University, where he once again was a visiting research scholar and a kind of academic consultant in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

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Audio: Islamic Hospitals in Medieval Egypt and the Levant

July 26, 2015

From Baghdad to Cairo to Edirne, hospitals were major and integral components of medieval and early modern Islamic cities. But what role did they play in these cities and their societies? In this podcast, Professor Ahmed Ragab examines the history and significance of hospitals in Mamluk Egypt and Syria.

Finding a Home in Madurai

Finding a Home in Madurai

July 22, 2015

Jason Smith, ThD candidate, writes about studying Tamil at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai, which he is doing with support from a grant from the Harvard South Asia Institute.

The Blackening of Havana

The Blackening of Havana

July 21, 2015

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

Ancestors of Faith: Apostle Paul and Other Travelers

Ancestors of Faith: Apostle Paul and Other Travelers

July 15, 2015

When it comes to the story of how early Christianity was formed, two people may spring to mind. According to the author of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and Peter were the primary forces in the movement—literally the movers, if not shakers—of early Christianity!

An American Ritual of Blood

An American Ritual of Blood

June 19, 2015

Professor Jonathan L. Walton writes an insightful editorial for the Huffington Post following the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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A Blessing to Slow Climate Change

June 18, 2015

Professor Francis Schüssler Fiorenza spoke to the Harvard Gazette about the recent papal encyclical on the environment and whether it offers anything new.

Remembering Evangelical Women

Remembering Evangelical Women

June 15, 2015

In January of 1827 on a cold Sunday morning in Washington, DC, more than a thousand people assembled in the Capitol to witness one of the most remarkable events ever to take place in the Hall of Representatives. Harriet Livermore, a celebrated female preacher, had been invited to preach to Congress.

HDS Alum One of Five Harvard Overseers Elected

HDS Alum One of Five Harvard Overseers Elected

May 28, 2015

The president of the Harvard Alumni Association announced the results of the annual election of new members of the Harvard Board of Overseers. One of the five newly elected Overseers is John Silvanus Wilson Jr., MTS '81, the president of Morehouse College.