Philip Clayton has spent the past year encouraging the exploration of the delicate balance between the study of science and the study of religion, an interest motivated in part by his own uncertainties of faith.
In her recently published book The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean (Columbia University Press), Kimberley C. Patton, who is Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at HDS, examines our modern environmental crisis in light of mankind's ancient faith in the ocean's spiritual, regenerative qualities.Read more about Q&A with Kimberley Patton
Representatives of three of the world’s major religions tangled over the beginnings of human life, the disposal of surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics, and the conduct of embryonic stem cell research at HDS. Read more about Stem Cells, Through a Religious Lens
On March 14, 2007, Philip Clayton, Visiting Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School, moderated a panel discussion featuring Eric Cohen, director of the Bioethics and American Democracy program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.; Omar Sultan Haque, a Muslim theologian at Harvard Medical School; John Davis, Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and the Rev. Dr. Llewellyn Smith, Andover Newton Theological School. Scientific input and clarification was provided by Harvard Stem Cell Institute faculty members William Lensch, PhD, Children's Hospital Boston, and Jerome Ritz, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.