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Completing Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard

I finished Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard. Did Ari Goldman find God at Harvard Divinity School?  At the end of the book, he says that maybe he did.  I’m not sure how, though.  Goldman learned a lot … Continue reading

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Ari Goldman on Annemarie Schimmel

In my latest reading of The Search for God at Harvard, I enjoyed Ari Goldman’s discussion of Annemarie Schimmel, who taught a class that he took called “Muslim Religious Life”.  According to Goldman, Annemarie Schimmel closed her eyes and lectured … Continue reading

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Animal Sacrifice and Substitutionary Atonement

I read the chapter entitled “African Religions” in Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard.  I’d like to quote what Goldman says on page 223 about how reading and learning about the Nuer tribe (which is located in the … Continue reading

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Harvard Libraries and Reading

There was a lot of ground covered in my latest reading of Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard: Ari’s search for a library at Harvard where he felt comfortable studying; Ari’s happiness that being a student gave him … Continue reading

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Does the Bible Have a Place in the Academic Discussion of Theology?

For my write-up today on Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard, my focus will be on the role of the Bible in theology, or the authority of the Bible, or bringing the Bible into academic theological discussions.  Something … Continue reading

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John Courtney Murray and Reflections on Religion in the Public Square

For my write-up today on The Search for God at Harvard, I’ll use as my starting-point something that Ari Goldman says on pages 117-118 about the Catholic thinker John Courtney Murray’s stance on church and state: “On writing on church-state … Continue reading

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Goldman’s Chapter on Hinduism

For my write-up today on Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard, I’ll talk some about Goldman’s chapter on Hinduism. Goldman opens this chapter with a conversation between a Hindu teacher and his pupil.  The pupil repeatedly asks how … Continue reading

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Faith and Scholarship; News or Religious Book?

I have two items for my write-up today on Ari Goldman’s The Search for God at Harvard. 1.  On page 70, Goldman states: “Another noteworthy development in the academic study of religion has been the ability of scholars of religion … Continue reading

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Enjoying the Tree

In The Search for God at Harvard, Ari Goldman talks about a conversation that he had with Louis Jacobs, a Jew who was teaching Jewish studies at Harvard Divinity School when Goldman was a student there.  Goldman had just heard … Continue reading

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Christian Spirituality at Harvard Divinity School

In my latest reading of The Search for God at Harvard (copyright 1991), Ari Goldman talks about the dearth of Christian spirituality at Harvard Divinity School, as people sought to avoid offending those from non-Christian religions.  He says that the … Continue reading

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