Welcome

The Religious Literacy Project is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the public understanding of religion.  It is directed by Diane L. Moore, and enables Harvard Divinity School to continue its nearly four decades of leadership in religious studies and education in the United States. Read more.

Guidelines for Teaching about Religion in K-12 Public Schools

These guidelines for teaching about religion were created by a task force of the American Academy of Religion, the professional association of scholars of religion in North America and abroad. They provide legal guidelines and resources for educators, administrators, school board members, parents, and interested citizens on how to teach about religion in constitutionally sound and educationally innovative ways.

Featured Resource

Young boy standing at refugee campIn Patheos, a variety of religious voices discuss how their tradition influences their political views on the contemporary migration of refugees. Read the panelists' input here.

Certificate in Religious Studies & Education

The Harvard Extension School, in partnership with the Harvard Divinity School, offers a professional certificate in Religious Studies & Education designed to provide educators with a multidisciplinary foundation for approaching the study of religion in public school classrooms or in other educational settings focused on learning about religion. Read more

Our Method

Our method recognizes that religions are internally diverse as opposed to uniform; religions evolve and change over time as opposed to being ahistorical and static; and religious influences are embedded in all dimensions of culture as opposed to the assumption that religions function in discrete, isolated, “private” contexts. Read more

Featured Commentary

New Gingrich at CPAC 2011, looking down at a Time Magazine cover of Obama and ReaganIn Religion and Politics, Neil J. Young discusses the growth of the Religious Right's political influence in recent American history and considers how Trump's campaign benefited from conservative Christian "inside power brokers" in the Republican Party. Read the full article here.