It is commonplace today to group the three monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—under the category of the “Abrahamic.” Scholars have investigated the roots, ancient and modern, for this category, and continue to debate its contemporary merits. Meanwhile, practitioners are doing significant work in the wider world under the aegis of the “Abrahamic.” This panel will explore the public practice of the Abrahamic Religions. Panelists will reflect on their work in light of this category, including its strengths and limitations.
How is the comparative scholarship on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam possible? What are its presuppositions, and what does it entail? How can the history of religions help interfaith understanding? These are some of the questions this lecture addresses.
Lecture by Guy Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Oxford University; response by Jon Levenson, Harvard Divinity School; opening remarks by Charles Stang, Harvard Divinity School, and Adam Afterman, Tel-Aviv University.
“I am spiritual but not religious.” We have all heard this phrase. But, where did this expression come from? What does it mean today? And what may it mean tomorrow? This panel explores these questions, clarify surrounding scholarship, and forwards the conversation. Panelists include Charles M. Stang, Robert C. Fuller, Linda A. Mercadante, and Jeffrey Kripal.... Read more about Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"
On Friday, April 13, at 4:00 PM, the CSWR will host a public panel featuring Linda Mercadante, Robert Fuller, Jeffrey Kripal, and Charles M. Stang, entitled "The Future of 'Spiritual, but Not Religious'". This public panel is part of a collaboration between the CSWR and the Esalen Institute on a conference called "Spiritual, but Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s)." Dr. William B. Parsons, Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and one of the main organizers of this conference, spoke about the Spiritual but Not Religious movement, its history, and the role...
Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. His style is often characterized as a “mystic” or “holy” minimalism, inspired in part by Gregorian chant. This panel explores the religious dimensions of Pärt’s music and how it has been received, performed, and adapted for various vocal and instrumental ensembles.... Read more about Video: Arvo Pärt's White Light: A Panel and Performance
On March 26, Dr. Laura Dolp of Montclair State University will participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Andrew Shenton of Boston University, Dr. Charles Stang, Director of the CSWR, and Kythe Heller, PhD candidate at Harvard University, regarding the work of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Below, Dr. Dolp spoke about the intersection of religion and spirituality in Pärt's work, and how his music and influence extends to other fields:
CSWR: As a scholar of music and spirituality, what do you think makes Arvo Pärt’s...
Please note that due to inclement weather, the annual Hindu View of Life lecture has been canceled, and will be rescheduled at a future date.
Dr. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad will give the annual Hindu View of Life lecture, entitled "Speaking For and Against Oneself". Dr. Ram-Prasad, a Fellow of the British Academy and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, will draw upon Hindu sources and his own experiences to examine the relationship between Hinduism and a multifaceted identity. Below, Dr. Ram-Prasad spoke about his work and how it...