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Business across Religious Traditions
Religious Literacy: What's at Stake?
This recent event featured David N. Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School, McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity, and Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion, Boston University, and author of The New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007). The two spoke on November 7, 2013, at The Harvard Club of New York City.
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"The United States is one of the most religious places on earth,” writes professor Stephen Prothero in his recent book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – And Doesn’t, “but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy." HDS Dean David N. Hempton echoes this sentiment and writes in his essay, “The Fog of Religious Conflict” that all citizens ought to “be religiously literate, not just in a forensic way of knowing more information about religious traditions, but globally engaged and morally committed.” These two leading scholars discussed the steep costs of religious ignorance and the work that must be done to improve literacy and to address the roots of religious conflict in the United States and the wider world.
This Harvard Divinity School program was made possible through the generosity of H. Bruce McEver, MBA ’69 and MTS ’11, founder and president of The Foundation for Religious Literacy.
Throughout history, economics and religion have been inextricably linked. Today, globalism and religious pluralism are facts of life. Enterprise, invention, and the complexities of faith create synergies. Around the world, religious traditions shape the perceptions of consumers and guide corporate decision making.
Drawing on Harvard Divinity School's distinguished tradition of comparative studies in religion and the resources of one of the world's leading research universities, the Business across Religious Traditions (BART) seminars bring together professionals who share an interest in the relationships between religion and business, exploring the challenges and opportunities of globalism and pluralism in the twenty-first century, and provide participants with information about specific religions and religious practices to help deepen their understanding of the opportunities and challenges of global capitalism in a variety of cultural and geopolitical contexts.
The BART seminars are made possible through the generosity and vision of H. Bruce McEver, MBA '69 and MTS '11.