Spring/Summer 2018 (Vol. 46, Nos. 1 & 2)

Harvard Divinity Bulletin Spring Summer 2018 issue cover


Multiple Lenses, Essential Gestures by Wendy McDowell


What the Gospels Share with Fanfiction by Jade Sylvan
The desire of the later Gospel writers to take up the pen parallels the contemporary phenomenon of fanfiction.

Making Belief in the Singapore Army by Theophilus Kwek
Ritual spaces and objects in a Singapore Army camp give voice to a deeper hunger.

Religion and the BRCA Mutation by Alexandra Nichipor
Women diagnosed with the “breast cancer genes” share complex stories about the impact of this health crisis on their religious beliefs and practices.

Listen First by Emily Click
We as a society have failed to count the price paid by victims of sexual harassment and assault.

Let Us Create by Natalie Cherie Campbell
Let’s expand what counts as creativity, so we can be creative in accessible, meaningful, powerful ways.


The Liturgy of Home by Terry Tempest Williams
What are the essential gestures that lead us to the sacred actions that can make a change of consciousness and consequence?

Eliminate the Muslim by Ahmed Ragab
The forces of paranoia, progress, and productivity drive the construction and surveillance of Muslim identity in narratives of postcolonial future-making.

Seeing as God Sees by Jonathan L. Walton
Biblical narratives can help us to reimagine what is possible and to pull truth out from its hiding places.

WHO ARE ‘WE’? Talks delivered at the “Symposium on Religious Literacy and Government: Refugee and Immigration Issues.”

Government Innovation in an Era of White Nationalism by Shaun Casey Innovative government programs need a concrete mission, collaboration across sectors, continual learning, and a grasp of local contexts.
Toward a More Radically Inclusive ‘We’ by Diane L. Moore
We must not mask the devastating parts of our history when we claim “we” are a nation of immigrants.
Not All Rosy: Religion and Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. by Melissa Borja
Refugee resettlement has always been contentious in the U.S., but we can learn from past efforts.
Between the Sacred and the Profane: The Border as a Contested Space by Christopher Montoya
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands are seen through a lens of the sacred vs. the profane by many state actors.
Understanding White Evangelical Views on Immigration by Kristin Kobes du Mez
Negative views about immigrants held by white evangelicals have more to do with militaristic masculinity than with Bible-based commitments.


In Review

‘Whiteness’ in the Mormon Archive by Seth Perry
Race and the Making of the Mormon People, by Max Perry Mueller, examines the ideology of “white universalism” in the formation of Mormonism.

A Vision for the Future of Environmentalism by Claire Laine
A Q&A with Dan McKanan on his newest book, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism.

FitzGerald’s Cast of Evangelicals Falls Flat by Curtis J. Evans
Frances FitzGerald’s The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America lacks critical acumen as an interpretive project.

Syllabus: “Hindu Worlds of Art and Culture”
A selected reading list from Diana L. Eck’s course.

POETS ON HYMNS. Seven poets discuss their favorite hymns:

“One Bread, One Body” by Kate Daniels
“The Green Hill Far Away” by Mark Jarman
“Come, My Beloved, to Greet the Bride” by Yehoshua November
“I Love to Tell the Story” by Kathleen Norris
“Jesus Is All the World to Me” by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Kwame Dawes
“Silent Night” by Jason Gray


With My Father atop Birds Hill by Catherine Stearns

Two Poems by Danez Smith

See also: Past Issue