of Divinity To Discuss Religion and Politics
at Wellesley College Feb. 14
February 8, 2006
Harvey Cox, the Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor
at Wellesley College and the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard,
will present a lecture, “The Armageddon Syndrome: the Apocalyptic
Sensibility in Current Religion and Politics” Tuesday, Feb.
14, at 4:30 pm in Collins Cinema at Wellesley College.
a course this spring at Wellesley, “Fundamentalisms:
A Comparative Approach,” with the following description: “From
its earliest application to a movement within American Protestantism,
the term ‘fundamentalism’ is now often used to characterize
the most conservative wings of several different religious traditions.
Focusing on such representative groups as American TV evangelists, ‘End-Time’ Christian
Zionism, the Catholic Opus Dei, Marian apparitions, the Jewish ‘Messianic
Zionism’ of Israeli settlers, the Lubavitcher movement and
Hamas, we will ask such questions as: Can we learn anything useful
about a religion by examining an extreme form? Do these movements
have anything in common? Is ‘fundamentalism’ anti-modern
or itself a modern religious phenomenon? Is the term ‘fundamentalist’ helpful
Cox has taught at Harvard since 1965, at the Divinity School and
in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. An American Baptist minister,
he was the Protestant chaplain at Temple University and director
of religious activities at Oberlin College, an ecumenical fraternal
worker in Berlin with Gossner Mission and Evangelical Academy;
and a professor at Andover Newton Theological School.
His research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of
religion, culture and politics. Among the issues he explores are
urbanization, theological developments in Christianity, Jewish-Christian
relations and current spiritual movements in the global setting
(particularly the global growth of Pentecostalism). He has been
a visiting professor at Brandeis University, Seminario Bautista
de Mexico, the Naropa Institute, and the University of Michigan.
He is a prolific
author. His most recent book is When Jesus Came to Harvard:
Decisions Today. His best-selling Secular
City, published in 1965, was selected by the University of Marburg
as one of the most influential books of Protestant theology in
the 20th century. The lecture, which is free and open to the public,
is sponsored by Wellesley’s Newhouse Center for the Humanities.
For more, call 781-283-2698.