"Trump's greatest effect on religion has been to privilege the voices of white evangelicals, who have supported him in huge numbers because of their hope that he will restore something that they feel has been lost—namely, the white, Protestant identity of the United States. In contrast, both Jim Kloppenberg and E.J. Dionne noted that religious pluralism has strengthened American democracy," said HDS Professor Catherine Brekus.
HDS Professor Todne Thomas writes that the moral exceptionalism that was extended to Trump by evangelicals around the issue of family values was not just an act of grace; it was an example of a moral program working as it has in the past through religious and political alignments with the GOP.
Hate crimes committed on the basis of religious identity have surged 23 percent, the biggest annual increase since 9/11.
And while many have placed blame at the foot of political leaders and specifically President Trump for emboldening anti-Semites and white supremacists—very fine people, he’s called them—there’s another, equally troubling side to the story—one that calls into question the validity of the FBI’s own hate crime statistics and gives us more questions than answers.... Read more about Why Hate Crimes Are on the Rise
How do you measure and govern for happiness? On April 13, 2019, an international conference of academics, practitioners, politicians, corporate leaders and spiritual leaders at the Harvard Divinity School sought answers to the question of universal happiness, as inspired by the Gross National Happiness policies of the Kingdom of Bhutan.... Read more about Video: Gross National Happiness Conference
Dr. Alaa Murabit discusses the promotion of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at Harvard Divinity School, highlighting the intersection between women's leadership, religion, and sustainable development. She will present unique examples of women's religious leadership to advance human rights, societal development, and peacebuilding and explore the importance of leveraging religious scholarship.... Read more about Video: Promoting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals