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Myth of Modernity

November 9, 2018

Professor Mayra Rivera joins the discussion for the latest Ministry of Ideas podcast episode. Many think modernity is about the rise of science, the spread of democracy and capitalism, or the decline of religion or superstition. But those stories ignore the bigger picture about colonialism and race.

Mitt Romney Goes to Washington After All

Mitt Romney Goes to Washington After All

November 7, 2018
"For many people, the role of religion in politics is less about a set of prescriptions to which decisions can be confidently ascribed and more about a set of resources that individuals can choose to bring to bear on their decision-making process," writes Professor David Holland.
Unexpected Convergences: Religious Nationalism in Israel and Turkey

Unexpected Convergences: Religious Nationalism in Israel and Turkey

October 30, 2018
This article by Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, compares Israel and Turkey to demonstrate how religious nationalism can be analyzed by a combination of historical institutionalism and conceptual history of religious ideas and doctrines.
Professor Giovanni Bazzana poses with students during a trip to Israel as part of his course "Historical Jesus." Photo contributed.

Where the Present is a Continuation of the Past

October 30, 2018

History books are filled with accounts of the past, shaped by the perspectives of those who wrote them. A reader’s imagination may conjure events across the miles and millennia based on those accounts, but at best their own life experiences and interests may influence their sense of history. A fuller picture is guided by scholars in classrooms where lessons are shaped by a lifetime devoted to the study. And few historical events are as widely studied—and discussed—as those found in the Bible.... Read more about Where the Present is a Continuation of the Past

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