The PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING of RELIGION

The Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion builds on a longstanding conviction of the Divinity School that the best and most innovative scholarship in religion arises from sustained dialogue with the world beyond the academy.  It contributes to this dialogue by offering scholarly perspectives on the religious questions facing the wider public, while encouraging faculty and students to situate their scholarly questions within a broader cultural frame of reference. 

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MARTY CENTER CONFERENCES & EVENTS

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Rustandy Global Christianity Distinguished Speaker Series

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Pantheism, Creation, Emanation

Contemporary Reflections on Nature 

A conference canvassing the fraught position of nature in the Western tradition in an attempt to analyze it not as an enemy to be feared but as a welcome critical voice and a potential ally of both the divine and the human. 

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Religions in the Americas

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The Marty Center's Religions in the Americas lecture series will bring leading scholars in the field to focus on critical topics and key debates, using a variety of methodological approaches

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Religion in the Frame

 

In conjunction with Facets Multimedia, an exploration of religious ideas, themes, and conflicts as depicted in film.

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Meet the Marty Center Fellows

Our Marty Center Fellows situate their research within a broader cultural frame of reference, bringing their perspectives to religious questions facing the wider public. 

Caroline Anglim

My dissertation approaches medical ethics as a space of public, democratic discourse. I am working to identify analytical categories and conceptual distinctions in democratic theories and to make those relevant and useful to medical ethicists. I am most interested in how medical ethicists ha...

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Daniel Kim

My dissertation addresses a long-standing inarticulacy within modern medicine about its malaise and its good. I locate the problem in its dominant but reductive image of the human person, which tends to regard ethical and religious values in terms solely of their instrumental importance. Drawing ...

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Diane Picio

My dissertation, “A Series of Family Resemblances: Interrogating the Public/Private Divide through Hollywood’s American Family,” engages American identity and its mythology. Much of American identity and its corresponding mythology is indebted to the division between the “public” and “private” sp...

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Doug Hoffer

My dissertation concerns the crux interpretum of Gal 3:15–17, a text whose function hinges on the interpretation of the ambiguous term diathēkē, which can refer both to unilateral, revocable dispositions of property (wills) and bilateral, immutable agreements (covenants). In contrast to ...

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Meet the Fellows

SEMINARS & FELLOWSHIPS

Seminar and fellowship programs are oriented towards the intersection of religion and public life, and encourage faculty and students to put their scholarly questions into a broader cultural frame. 

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Our annual yearlong Marty Center seminar puts together junior and senior scholars for a unique interdisciplinary experience.

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The Brauer Seminar encourages interdisciplinary research and teaching, with a new topic (and instructors) annually.