Faculty and Research

A Bible in front of a gray American flag

The Uproar Over the 'Ultimate American Bible'

September 16, 2021
“Putting the Bible or placing American history within the Bible, or suggesting the U.S. is a source of revelation, is seen by many evangelicals as a kind of heresy,” said HDS Professor Catherine Brekus.
Khalil Abdur-Rashid

Where Were You When It Happened?

September 10, 2021
"My conversation about Islam with my boss on the first day of work had been hijacked by the terrorist attacks, and it would forever change the trajectory of my life," says Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University and Lecturer on Muslim Studies at HDS.
Professor Jocelyne Cesari

From 9/11 to COVID-19: Lessons Learned on Religion and Politics

September 8, 2021
"Religion is conceived very narrowly with exclusive attention to ideas or doctrines, even though we have established that most of the political conflicts related to religion do not pertain to beliefs but belongings," writes Jocelyne Cesari, Dermot T. J. Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at HDS.
Two people in academic regalia hold up a banner labeled 2025 during the University's Convocation ceremony

Community Spirit

September 1, 2021
During the University's Convocation for the Class of 2024 and 2025 on Tuesday, the Rev. Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at HDS and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, asked everybody to be “thankful that we are here, that we made it” and to remember those whose help was crucial to arrive at this moment.
Matthew Potts preaching in Memorial Church

Welcoming the Lost, Lonely and Forgotten

August 30, 2021
"May we always make neighbors of strangers. May we learn to love them as we love ourselves. And may we forever welcome the lost and the lonely and the forgotten as our own into this, our church home," said Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.
Jon Levenson

All Diversities but One: Why American Universities Put Religion Aside

August 25, 2021
"For the way in which an educational institution thinks about religious groups and their distinctive worldviews touches upon the deeper issue of the nature and goals of education in general and upon the mission of individual educational institutions in particular," writes Professor Jon Levenson.
Professor Matthew Potts

Facebook Has a New Prayer Feature. But Is It Made for Jews?

August 23, 2021

"This is abstracting the relationships that are built through prayer. It’s abstracting just the petitionary from all these other kinds of Christian prayers, which just makes it a less rich experience as part of a community and a less rich prayer life," said Matthew Ichihashi Potts, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.

Diane L. Moore

Toward a 'Religiously Literate' World

August 16, 2021
HDS is launching its first new master’s degree program in more than 50 years, the master of religion and public life. Coupled with a similarly named certificate program—the anchors of the of the Religion and Public Life initiative—HDS has embarked upon a comprehensive program of training professionals for practice in other realms.
Michelle Goldhaber holding up a stack of books

HDS’s 2021 Summer Reading List

August 11, 2021

The final weeks of summer are upon us.

Students and faculty will soon return to campus after more than a year away. Orientation starts in two weeks. The fall semester begins on September 1. Nevertheless, there are still more than a few days left to enjoy the beach, lake, shady tree, or porch swing all while crossing another book or two off those summer reading lists.... Read more about HDS’s 2021 Summer Reading List