Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
Harvey Cox received his AB with honors in History from Penn in 1951. He went on to receive his Masters in Divinity from Yale and his Phd. in The History and Philosophy of Religion from Harvard in 1962. He spent a post-doctoral year in Berlin then returned to the Faculty of Harvard in 1965, where he taught in both the Divinity School and the College, eventually being named Hollis Professor, the oldest endowed chair at the university. His courses focused on the interaction of religion, politics and culture. In 2008 Harvey was named Hollis Research Professor of Divinity.
In 1965 Dr. Cox published his best known work The Secular City, which became an international bestseller, was translated into seventeen languages (most recently Chinese and Bulgarian), and has now sold nearly a million copies. He is also known for his Many Mansions: A Christian’s Encounter with Other Faiths, which dealt with his experiences in dialogue with Buddhists, Jews, Hindus and Muslims. His most recent book is The Future of Faith (2009). In 2015, Cox plans to publish How to Read the Bible (Harper 2015).
In recent years Prof. Cox has devoted increased attention to the history and present status of relations between Christianity and Islam. In 2008 he taught a semester long seminar at Harvard on “Christian Attitudes toward Islam from the Prophet to the Present.” He has participated in the “Common Word” series of Christian-Muslim dialogues, and has lectured in Egypt, Israel, and in Rome on issues of inter-faith encounter. Last year he was invited by the city of Istanbul to engage in conversations with Muslim scholars there. He will be accompanied on tours by his wife, Nina Tumarkin, who is Professor of History at Wellesley College.
Here is a recent article in the Harvard Gazette on Harvey Cox.