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What if God really is one of us? Is Jesus still present today in a tangible way? Is there any support within traditional Christian theology for a feminine deity? That's not what many of us were taught in our early religious studies classes. Often God was portrayed as a distant, judgmental, patriarchal figure. But Harvard professor Harvey Cox believes that's not at all what Jesus' message was. In fact, Professor Cox believes that "the idea that God is to be found in human life, and in the entanglement of human life, is what the message of Christianity is about." Like most of his students at Harvard, many of us have become disillusioned with institutionalized religion, and yet have developed a deep and meaningful spirituality. But Cox points to ancient teachings that actually support a personal and intimate experience of the divine. He explains why the prominent role of women was edited out of the mainstream Christian Bible. And in a time when religious fervor seems to be the armor of warriors all around the globe, Harvey Cox helps us understand the rift between America's religious right and the nonviolent teachings of Jesus. In the end, this educator, author and theologian brings us back to a new - and more inviting - view of "fundamental" Christianity in its truest form. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Harvey Cox, Ph.D. served as Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard (retired 2009).
He is the author of:
To learn more about the work of Harvey Cox go to www.hds.harvard.edu/faculty/em/cox.cfm.
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