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Stephen Prothero, ” The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation”
February 27, 2014 7:00 PM
213 Bay State Road, BU Hillel House, 2nd Floor
In this Discoveries Series lecture, based on his recent book, The American Bible, Stephen Prothero argues that the United States is more Jewish than Christian, held together not by a common creed but by a common conversation about the speeches and songs, letters and novels we hold “sacred.” Along with excerpts from the writings of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and King, “The American Bible” includes (in the spirit of the Talmud) extensive commentaries on these American “scriptures.”
Stephen Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University specializing in American religions. He received his BA from Yale College in American Studies and his MA and PhD from Harvard University in the Study of Religion.
A historian of American religions, Professor Prothero has written six books, including The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indiana University Press, 1996), which won the Best First Book award of the American Academy of Religion in 1997. His book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007) was a New York Times bestseller.
In addition to his scholarly work, Prothero has written for a variety of popular magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Slate, Salon, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. He has commented on religion on NPR and on such television programs as The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Today Show.