Divinity scholar to discuss religion’s future after fundamentalism


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Harvard divinity professor Harvey Cox will speak about religion’s future after fundamentalism Oct. 7 when he visits the University of Louisville.

    Cox’s free, public talk – the university’s 2008 Phi Beta Kappa lecture – will begin at 6 p.m. in Speed Art Museum’s auditorium, 2035 S. Third St., next to UofL’s Belknap Campus. Parking is available for $3 in the adjacent garage off Third Street.

    The lecture titled “After Fundamentalism: The Future of Religion in America and the World” is part of the Life of the Mind Series of public events established during the centennial of the UofL College of Arts and Sciences. Sponsors of Cox’s lecture are the College of Arts and Sciences, Speed Art Museum and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentucky.

    Cox is expected to discuss his view that fundamentalism within Christianity, Islam and Judaism is waning, despite publicity given to extreme groups’ actions and approaches. He will explain why he thinks fundamentalist groups will be unsuccessful in stopping a stronger global religious resurgence.

    Cox is the Hollis professor of divinity at Harvard University, where he has worked since 1965. The professor’s research and teaching center on the interaction of religion, culture and politics. His work explores issues including Jewish-Christian relations, global spiritual movements and theological developments in world Christianity.

    His most recent book, “When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today,” is one of many he has written since his book “The Secular City” became an international best-seller. Others include “Common Prayers: Faith, Family and a Christian’s Journey Through the Jewish Year,” “Many Mansions: A Christian’s Encounters with Other Faiths” and “Fire From Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-first Century.”

    For more information, contact Linda Gigante at 502-852-0441 or gigante@louisville.edu

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.