310 Edge Hall  

Sara Fletcher Harding, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion

"My approach to the New Testament employs historical-critical methodology and facilitates an understanding of the New Testament writings in their social and historical contexts (1-2d century, CE, Roman Empire). In my courses, students can expect to joyfully discover and critically think about the theological, religious and ethical meaning found in early Christian literature. My approach to teaching Hellenistic Greek consists of group reading and translation modeled after my own beloved Greek professors."

Dr. Sara Fletcher Harding joined the faculty of Florida Southern College in 1997. She is Professor of Religion, having earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University with concentration in New Testament. An Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year, and General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC Exemplary Teaching Award recipient, Dr. Harding teaches the Hellenistic Greek language sequence, upper-level courses in the Life & Teachings of Jesus, the Pauline Letters, the Johannine Literature, and interdisciplinary courses in science and Religion, and Gender and Biblical Interpretation. In 2001, Harding formally initiated her interest in issues related to religion, science and Biblical interpretation. On behalf of the college and colleagues, Dr. Nancy M. Morvillo and Randall M. MacDonald, Harding received a competitive 2011 International Society for Science and Religion Library Award (Cambridge, U.K.). She is also the co-editor, with Nancy M. Morvillo of "Religion and Science: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies" (4 vols., London: Routledge Press, 2010). Dr. Harding is married and has two children.

Courses Taught

On Being Human; Women Who Changed the World; First Year Experience; Investigation of Religious Belief and Practice; Introduction to the Old Testament; Introduction to the New Testament; Gender, Interpretation and the Biblical Tradition; Dialogues in Science and Religion; Life and Letters of Paul; New Testament Apocrypha; New Testament Methodology and Exegesis; The Johannine Literature; Life and Teachings of Jesus; Hellenistic Greek; Teachings in Hellenistic Greek; Introduction to Women's Studies


Ph. D., Religious Studies, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
M. A. R., Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO
B. A., Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Honors and Awards

Participant, Jessie Ball DuPont Seminar, National Humanities Center, Research Traingle Park, NC - 2012

Exemplary Teaching Award, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church - 2010

Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year - 2010

Recent publications

Harding, S., Morvillo, M., Religion and Science: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (4 vols., London: Routledge Press, 2010)