Matthew L. Potts

Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies

Contact information

mpotts@hds.harvard.edu
Andover 124
Kristin Gunst
617.495.8815

Education

  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
  • PhD, Harvard University

Profile

Matthew Potts joined the faculty of HDS in 2013. He studies the practices of Christian communities with a focus on the relationship between liturgy and ethics. In particular, he seeks to analyze and interpret Christian sacramental practices while employing the resources of literature, literary theory, and contemporary theology. His dissertation, "The Frail Agony of Grace: Story, Act, and Sacrament in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy," argues that the sacramental character of McCarthy's novels challenges readers to consider their ethical acts and responsibilities in ways deeply indebted to Christian theology. Other interests include theologies of revelation and atonement, the ethics of forgiveness and reconciliation, contemporary Anglican theology, and preaching. He is ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church and has served several parishes in Massachusetts, most recently as assistant rector of St. Barnabas Church in Falmouth.

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