John B. Carman, Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Religion Emeritus at HDS, discusses Christians in South Indian Villages, 1959–2009: Decline and Revival in Telangana, a book he co-authored.
On Wednesday, October 14, Seth Powell, a PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion, delivered a presentation on the history of yoga postures (āsana) in pre-modern India. To put this history in context, Seth began his talk by situating the ubiquity of yoga in the modern world and highlighting some of the recent controversies surrounding the authenticity and antiquity of yoga traditions.
What does the religious landscape look like in an emerging India with a rapidly growing middle class? Is better prosperity giving rise to a new form of spirituality, in which new-age Gurus are occupying an increasingly central role?
These were among the questions discussed at this week’s CSWR café by Kalpana Jain, a CSWR resident. Jain described her own experience of observing an obscure spot in a neighboring park grow into a thriving temple after some people set up a small idol and started praying there daily. The experience is part of larger picture of India today,...
For Kalpana Jain, it is all about the power of voice. An investigative journalist from India—and a former Harvard Nieman Fellow in global health reporting—Jain has devoted her working life to giving voice to the voiceless by delving into social issues too often ignored or dismissed.... Read more about Kalpana Jain: Empowering Voices
In 1990, Parameshwaran Ramakrishnan had no idea that he would one day be a divinity school student, let alone that he would find his calling bridging the worlds of spirituality and psychiatry as a multifaith hospital chaplain.... Read more about The Science of Spiritual Care