Discoveries Lecture: The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation
- 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014
- 213 Bay State Rd, 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.