Religion and Politics

Professor Catherine Brekus

Harvard Professors Discuss Role of Religion in the 2020 Election at Divinity School Lecture

October 23, 2020
"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.
Professor Jocelyne Cesari

‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

February 11, 2020

On January 3, the United States launched a drone attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, whom United States officials said was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition soldiers. Soleimani’s killing prompted a retaliatory attack by Iran on an American base in Iraq, during which a Ukrainian passenger jet was mistakenly shot down, killing 176 people on board.... Read more about ‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

Marianne Williamson by Radio Open Source

A Politics of Love

August 2, 2019
HDS faculty member Dan McKanan and Ministry Innovation Fellow Angie Thurston discuss presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and New Age spiritual movements on Radio Open Source.
11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018

Why Hate Crimes Are on the Rise

April 23, 2019

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

"Der Krieg" by Otto Dix

World War I: "Psychic Shock"

November 10, 2018

November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a conflict that claimed the lives of nearly nine million soldiers and civilians, with more than three times that number wounded, taken prisoner, or gone missing. One century later, national boundaries redrawn by the war are still points of conflict and tension, particularly in the Middle East. But what of its impact on religion?... Read more about World War I: "Psychic Shock"

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