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'
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.
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.
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.
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