2007 Forum Lecture: Harvey Cox

This year’s James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 5:15 p.m. in the Sperry Lecture Hall of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The lecture will be given this year by Dr. Harvey G. Cox, Jr., Hollis Professor of Divinity, at the Divinity School. His topic will be “James Luther Adams: Evangelical Unitarian or Unitarian Evangelical?” Professor Cox is eminently qualified to speak on this topic as a doctoral student and former colleague of Adams on one hand. On the other hand he has an active knowledge of Evangelicalism from his own background, including InterVarsity in college, and from team teaching courses at Harvard with outstanding Evangelical and Pentecostal scholars. This interest has also been reflected in his writings.

A reception will follow.

The text of Professor Harvey Cox’s lecture, delivered March 15 as the 2006-2007 James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society, is now available online as a PDF. In his address, Cox examines the rise of evangelical and Pentecostal churches in Brazil — known as crentes — which illustrate many of Adams’s ideas about voluntary associations. Cox asks what crentes are doing in Latin America to nurture the rise of genuine democracy and how they are beginning to influence public policy.