Though larger religions have made big inroads, African spirituality, a belief system based in openness and adaptation, endures, says Harvard religion professor Jacob Olupona.
Representatives of three of the world's major religions tangled over the beginnings of human life, the disposal of surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization clinics, and the conduct of embryonic stem cell research Wednesday (March 14) at Harvard Divinity School. Panelists at the event, representing Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, each briefly presented their faith's teachings about the beginnings of human life and then embarked on a lively discussion about embryonic stem cell research.
Professor Ousmane Kane of the Divinity School discusses the roots of Islam in Africa.
Where and how science and religion intersect is a debate that dates back centuries; it’s also a regular part of contemporary discourse. The discussion took center stage at the 2007-08 Paul Tillich Lecture on Monday (May 5) in the Science Center’s lecture hall B, where a noted astrophysicist and religious scholar explored the deeper dimensions of science’s relationship to Islam.
In a question-and-answer session, Harvard Divinity School’s Francis X. Clooney discusses how Christian advocates and opponents of the death penalty turn to Scripture for support of their positions.
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, spoke about love, environmental issues, and apathy to a capacity crowd at Harvard's Memorial Church.
A growing number of monks are coming to Harvard Divinity School through the Ho Family Foundation Scholars program, which covers all tuition and living expenses for a year. They share their experiences and diverse backgrounds.
Harvard Divinity School is hosting a symposium for journalists, designed to give them a more nuanced view of religions to prevent bigotry and prejudice.
Two Harvard Divinity School students uncover a new sense of community for millennials who choose a different way to “worship.”
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. student Nancy Khalil looks at the difficulty of finding and training Muslim imams. The Harvard Horizons Scholar will present her research on April 12.
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“Interpreting the Islamic Tradition in the Contemporary World” was the title of the gathering, the first annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program Conference.
The head of religion research at the Pew Center, Alan Cooperman, told a Harvard Divinity School audience on April 17 that Muslims could exceed the number of Christians in fewer than 60 years.
The Dalai Lama addressed a capacity crowd at the Memorial Church on Thursday (April 30). With his trademark affable, down-to-earth style the religious leader counseled the audience about the important things in life in a talk titled “Educating the Heart.”
Civil Rights icon Ruby Sales will talk about her life and activism in a visit to the Divinity School.
Longtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen engaged in a wide-ranging conversation on the complex intersections of religion, politics, and public life.
Five panelists at Harvard Divinity School — including Dean David N. Hempton — grappled with the ways religion is sometimes used to justify acts of terror, covering as well the role of faith traditions in encouraging healing.
In response to a new report from the Brookings Institution that contends that “religious voices will remain indispensable to movements on behalf of the poor, the marginalized, and middle-class Americans,” Harvard Divinity School’s Dan McKanan shared his insight.
A Q&A with Professor Ali Asani, in advance of a visit to Harvard by religious leader Aga Khan, probes the worldwide erosion of pluralism when it comes to respecting beliefs.
From pastor to corporate lawyer to divinity school student, Danny Ballon has learned that you don’t have to choose between being gay and being Christian. Now he wants to help others understand their options.
A Divinity School conversation focused on religious freedom in the wake of President Trump’s executive action on immigration.
Almost 14 billion years after the big bang, and 3.5 billion years since the first bacteria appeared on Earth, humans occupy just one branch of the tree of life. We share an evolutionary limb with other eukaryotes, creatures whose membrane-bound cells carry genetic material. Our biological neighbors developed over time just as we did, by the evolutionary forces of mutation and natural selection. They include plants, fungi, and slime molds.
In 1215, Pope Innocent III convened the Fourth Council of the Lateran, a religious convocation that laid out to hundreds of bishops, abbots, priors, and Christian patriarchs 70 new decrees. One enjoined the clergy to stop frequenting taverns, engaging in trials by combat, hunting, and practicing what might be called noncelibate habits.
A panel of scholars explored the topic of Islam in Nigeria in preparation for the visit to Harvard by Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto.
Scholars in theology, policy, and science weigh in on the pope's call for sweeping action against climate change.
One of the oldest scholarly theological journals in the country, the HTR celebrated its 100th anniversary last Friday (April 11) at the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) with a day of talks by several HDS scholars.
Four words on a previously unknown papyrus fragment provide the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus had been married, a Harvard professor says.
The first conference on African diasporic religions offered spiritual lessons from the continent that helped to create humankind, including a reminder that the body itself is a sacred space.
The conference “Education and Buddhist Ministry: Whither — and Why?” was held at the Harvard Divinity School and marked a new undertaking for its Buddhist Ministry Initiative.
As rhetoric against Muslims rises across the nation, members of the Harvard community increasingly are pondering how to safeguard and support the rights of all.
A HarvardX MOOC explains world religions through their scripture.
There are plenty of things that make it possible for humans to live in large groups and pack into cities. New building techniques and materials, for ...
What happens when a Buddhist monk visiting the United States is hospitalized, terminally ill with liver cancer? Does religion interfere with his medical care? What about his Buddhist brethren, unable to join him bedside? Who will provide the appropriate services and ceremonies? Well, says Wendy Cadge, that’s where hospital chaplains come in.
Rabbi Angela W. Buchdahl, senior rabbi-designate at New York City’s Central Synagogue; Sheik Yasir Qadhi, dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute; and the Rev. J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, gathered for a discussion on the role of religion in public life.
Atalia Omer, who received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 2008 and is currently associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 2014 Dana McLean Greeley Lecture for Peace and Social Justice at Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions at 5:15 p.m. today in Andover Hall on the Divinity School campus.
A Harvard Divinity School program helps teach chaplains how to befriend and comfort the sick and the dying.
Andover-Harvard Library receives archive from former Pentecostal televangelist.