Ministry of Ideas Podcast Joins HDS's Religious Literacy Project

December 11, 2017
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Ministry of Ideas offers a new way for people to understand religious experience.

Zachary Davis, founder and host of the “Ministry of Ideas” podcast, and Diane L. Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School, have announced a partnership to bring contemporary issues in religion, philosophy, and history to a wider podcast audience.

“Religious ideas are deeply embedded in cultures worldwide,” says Moore, who is Lecturer on Religion, Conflict, and Peace at HDS. “And yet religious literacy as a whole is fairly low. Many people want to understand the power of religion in society—both in their own culture and worldwide. Ministry of Ideas offers a new channel for people to understand how religious experience, history, and religious ideas shape cultures and the course of events.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Diane and her team,” says Davis, a graduate student at HDS who is also a producer at HarvardX, the University’s online learning portal. “RLP offers not only access to some of the world’s leading scholars of religion; the Project’s pedagogical rigor helps us at Ministry of Ideas to shape our understanding of how to approach the ideas we explore.”

While topics in religion will be a central focus of Ministry of Ideas, Davis also plans to produce episodes on history, politics, social science, and other cultural matters.

“Religion is not an isolated phenomenon,” he says. “Our goal is to explore it holistically, in the context of contemporary life and the role religion plays in all cultures.”

In addition to its new home at RLP, Ministry of Ideas episodes and essays can be found in the Ideas Section of the Boston Globe.

—by Gordon Hardy