HDS 2803

Faith in Action

Timothy Nelson


The goal of the course is to identify and analyze the roles which individual faith and organized religion play in the public realm and to equip students with the necessary tools to effectively relate to religiously motivated actors. The most important of these is simply to understand the powerful motivations, perspectives, identities, commitments and resources which each faith tradition continues to provide to the majority of the world's population. In this course we are concerned with the public face of religion, in particular, religion as citizen (religious individuals and organizations as part of civil society), religion as neighbor (religious groups providing services and goods to others in society) and religion as prophet (religious groups working for change in the society at large). Because of the wide diversity of religious expressions, the focus of the course will be limited to three regions: the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as HKS SUP-170


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Wed 4:10pm-6pm
HKS Taubman Building Room 275 (Kalb)

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None