In 1985, Ari L. Goldman took a year's leave from his job as a religion reporter for the New York Times and enrolled in Harvard Divinity School. What began as a project to deepen his knowledge of world religion turned out to be an extraordinary journey of spiritual illumination in which Goldman reexamined his own faith as an Orthodox Jew while at the same time opening his mind to the great religions of the world. In his year at Harvard, Goldman found that his fellow students were a diverse, vibrant, sometimes embattled group from every major religion, united only by their deep spiritual commitment. Even more surprising was the spiritual climate of the Divinity School itself: far from being a bastion of piety, the school was a lively forum for debate on the relationship between religion and politics, morality and sexuality.
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