Just because the summer has come to an end shouldn’t mean we stop looking for interesting, important books to add to our reading queue. As we here at HDS settle into the new semester, and into our continued new virtual reality, we offer a sampling of what’s on top of our bookshelves.... Read more about Page Turners: September Books of the Month
K. Healan Gaston is Lecturer on American Religious History and Ethics at Harvard Divinity School for 2019–20. Gaston is a specialist in the history of religious thought, ethics, and theology, and she teaches courses on religion’s roles in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of the United States.
HDS student Emily Farnsworth spoke with Gaston about her new book ...
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison created many memorable characters—from Sula and Beloved to Frank Money. Her notions of goodness and mercy shown in these characters also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit.... Read more about Goodness and the Literary Imagination
“Mouths don’t empty themselves unless ears are sympathetic and knowing,” wrote the twentieth-century anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and Men, her collection of African American oral histories, sermons, songs, and folk tales. Hurston’s words could have been a mantra for sociocultural anthropologist Todne Thomas, who embedded herself in Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American religious communities in the American South as research for her forthcoming book.... Read more about Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People
Jonathan Walton, Professor of Religion and Society and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, offers a fresh perspective on the Bible’s overarching message of justice in his new book A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in its World for Our World.