HDS Convocation 2015: The Babylonian Captivity of Theology

Harvard Divinity School

Published on Sep 2, 2015

On August 31, legendary professor Harvey Cox delivered the 2015 Convocation address. Titled “The Babylonian Captivity of Theology,” Cox encouraged his fellow faculty members and Harvard Divinity School graduate students to be troublemakers. If theology is doing its job applying the teachings of the prophets, Cox argued, it will inevitably vex the guardians of the status quo. “It is part of theology’s job description,” he contended.

03:17 Welcome by Dean David N. Hempton

07:33 Reading by Scott P. Rice, Doctoral candidate

14:06 Introduction of Professor Cox by Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America

27:00 “The Babylonian Captivity of Theology” by Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity

01:01:03 Honoring Professor Cox and Closing Words by Dean David N. Hempton

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