Religion and Society

Worshiper in African American church

Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People

December 4, 2018

“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

Robert Jones, founder of PRRI. Photo by Jonathan Beasley/HDS

Worry in White, Christian America

February 26, 2018

Robert Jones, the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, characterized white, Christian America as representing centuries of cultural, political, and economic domination. Over the last couple of decades, however, demographics and culture have shifted dramatically, he said during a conversation at HDS with journalist and political analyst E.J. Dionne.

PRRI CEO Robert Jones

The End of White Christian America

February 14, 2018

Robert Jones is the founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. On Wednesday, February 21, at 5:15 pm, in the Sperry Room of HDS’s Andover Hall, Jones will discuss his latest book The End of White Christian America, with Washington Post columnist and HDS William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor E. J. Dionne. The conversation will be streamed live on the HDS website.... Read more about The End of White Christian America

Charles Stang, HDS professor and CSWR director

Stang Discusses the CSWR’s ‘Peculiar Alchemy’

January 16, 2018

On July 1, Professor of Early Christian Thought Charles Stang became the seventh director of Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions, succeeding Parkman Professor of Divinity Francis X. Clooney, S.J. A scholar of asceticism, monasticism, and mysticism in Eastern Christianity, Stang recently discussed his vision for the CSWR, which in 2018 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding.
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At HDS, 'Moral Outrage' and Mass Incarceration

March 29, 2017

During a panel event at the Divinity School, experts in criminal justice policy discussed the racial, moral, and ethical implications of mass incarceration in the United States.