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Professor Frank Clooney in India.

An Amazing and Perfectly Ordinary Trip to India

August 22, 2018
Professor Francis X. Clooney writes about his most recent trip to India where he delivered lectures and attended a conference on Ramanuja, the great theologian of the Shrivaishnava Hindu community.
Mark Jordan

Shopping Period: 'Queer Theologies, Queer Religions'

August 22, 2018

This feature is part of an HDS Communications interview series offering students a closer look at selected upcoming courses. Below, HDS student Bo Clay chats with HDS Professor Mark Jordan, who has written extensively in the field of sexual ethics, about his fall 2018 class “Queer Theologies, Queer Religions,” which will “test the boundaries of ‘Christianity’ while exploring the varied forms of queer religion.”... Read more about Shopping Period: 'Queer Theologies, Queer Religions'

Sussex, England. Photo: Barry Caruth.

A Pilgrimage of Virginia Woolf Readers

August 20, 2018
Pilgrimages draw their power from the wisdom that religious traditions have passed down through the generations: how walking together can create a community out of strangers; how a book can become a portable, generative sacred space; how a shared meal can express our desire to know and to be known, writes Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
Charles Stang, HDS professor and CSWR director

Charlie Stang on Keeping the Faith

August 17, 2018
Professor Charlie Stang, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, talks about how he formed his Christian identity, discovering his love of Ashkenazi food, and the challenge of finding good babka in Israel.
A sixteenth-century illustration of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem. ART Collection / Alamy Stock Photo

The Contrast Between the Bible's Idea of History and the Modern Idea

August 15, 2018
Given its practical goal, its theological purposes, and its lack of accountability to external data of the sort in which archaeologists trade, biblical historiography has a malleability that many modern readers find difficult to approve, writes Professor Jon Levenson.
Pope Francis

The Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and the Penalty of Death

August 2, 2018

On August 2, the Vatican announced a change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty. The new teaching rejects the notion that capital punishment is legitimate in some cases, declaring that “‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ and [the Church] works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”... Read more about The Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and the Penalty of Death