Professor of Divinity To Discuss Religion and Politics
at Wellesley College Feb. 14

For immediate release:
February 8, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- 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.

Cox teaches 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 or misleading?”

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: Making Moral 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.