Harvey Cox, fully Harvey Gallagher Cox, Jr.

Harvey
Cox, fully Harvey Gallagher Cox, Jr.
1929

American Theologian, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School

Author Quotes

Somewhere deep down we know that in the final analysis, we do decide things and that even our decisions to let someone else decide are really our decisions, however pusillanimous.

Sermons remain one of the last forms of public discourse where it is culturally forbidden to talk back.

Man must now assume the responsibility for his world. He can no longer shove it off on religious power.

Not to decide is to decide

What we are seeking so frantically elsewhere may turn out to be the horse we have been riding all along.

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. Religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.

Theology is unapologetically prescriptive. It does not claim to be value-free or neutral. Theologians draw upon the beliefs of a particular tradition to suggest a course of action, an appropriate response, a way of life commensurate with what the faith teaches. Theology can be wrong; it cannot be noncommittal.

God has given man a thrilling responsibility for this world. But man has not fulfilled his assignment. God has placed the tiller of history in man’s hand, but man has gone to his hammock and let the winds and tides sweep his ship along.

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First Name
Harvey
Last Name
Cox, fully Harvey Gallagher Cox, Jr.
Birth Date
1929
Bio

American Theologian, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School