Faculty and Research

Imam Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim Chaplain to Harvard at Memorial Church. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell, Memorial Church

A Reminder about Hope, Grace, and Deliverance: An Islamic Perspective

February 22, 2021

"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.

Professor Frank Clooney standing in the CSWR. Photo by Kris Snibbe, Harvard Gazette

Seeded Amid the Many Surprises of COVID Times, Some Unexpected Positives

February 22, 2021

"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.

Harvard Divinity School Professor Jacob Olupona. Photo by the New York Times

Death Has Many Names

February 16, 2021
"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.
Professor Charles Stang

Charles Stang on Twinship in Christian Texts

February 10, 2021
"For me, the evidence of Judas Thomas the Twin of Jesus in early Christianity points to a much larger pattern in ancient religion that I call the 'divine double,' by which I mean a belief that every person has a divine counterpart, twin, or alter-ego. To encounter one’s divine double is to embark on a path of deification, becoming divine or even a god,” says Professor Charles Stang, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions.
Jacob Olupona

The Essential Jacob Olupona at 70

February 5, 2021
"At various stages of a stellar career as a scholar of the highest distinction, Professor Olupona has marshaled his energy to build bridges so that those coming behind him can have a more secure pathway as they march forward," writes Amherst College Professor Olufemi Vaughan, in tribute to HDS Professor Jacob Olupona on his 70th birthday.
Jon Levenson

Jon Levenson on the Love of God

February 1, 2021
What does it mean for God to love a people? What does it look like for a community of people to reciprocate that love? HDS Professor Jon Levenson discusses his research and reflections on God's love in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
HDS Professor Cornel West

'How Do We Shatter That Denial?'

January 25, 2021
Harvard Divinity School Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel West and Dartmouth College Professor Susannah Heschel, MTS '76, discuss the question: are there moral lessons for citizens and nations following last week's inauguration?

Pages