Literature

Jon Levenson

What It Means to Read the Bible as Nothing More Than Great Literature

February 11, 2019
The proposition that “the Bible needs to be read as great literature,” then, is in large part a product of modern secularity, with its skepticism of religious claims and authorities and its high evaluation of the supposedly independent judgment of the objective and self-governing individual, writes Professor Jon Levenson.
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Video: On Exile and Elsewhere

October 3, 2018

André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, and writer Benjamin Balint will discuss themes of exile and homecoming, of time, place, identity, and art across Aciman’s works of fiction and nonfiction.

Books

Books on Repeat

May 22, 2017

Francis Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, shares the piece of literature he has reread the most, and what about it that keeps him coming back.

Vanessa Zoltan and Ariana Nedelman

The Sacred in Harry Potter

September 15, 2016

An online class on reading the Harry Potter books as sacred texts has proven a popular offering for the Humanist Hub at Harvard and a resulting podcast has since climbed as high as No. 2 on the iTunes top podcasts. It's led by Harvard Divinity School graduates Vanessa Zoltan, MDiv ’15, Casper ter Kuile, MDiv ’16, and MDiv candidate Ariana Nedelman.

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