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.
MARTY CENTER CONFERENCES & EVENTS
Religion in the Frame
In conjunction with Facets Multimedia, an exploration of religious ideas, themes, and conflicts as depicted in film.LEARN MORE
Religions in the AmericasA lecture seres
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 approachesLEARN MORE
Pantheism, Creation, EmanationContemporary 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.LEARN MORE
Sightings reports and comments on the role of religion in current events; contributors are from our faculty, the academy – and the world.
The Daybells and Latter-day Saint Apocalypticism
Exploring a subculture of apocalyptic prophecy on the margins of the LDS Churchmore info
Religion and its surprising-but-not-unprecedented role in the spread of the coronavirusmore info
Sighting (and Citing) Chaplains
Exploring the growing role and significance of chaplaincy in American societymore info
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.
Our annual yearlong Marty Center seminar puts together junior and senior scholars for a unique interdisciplinary experience.
The Brauer Seminar encourages interdisciplinary research and teaching, with a new topic (and instructors) annually.