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Religion and the Enlightenment

THE PUBLIC GOOD: Knowledge as the Foundation for a Democratic Society

Saturday Morning, April 28, 2007

Click here for audio of complete panel (56 min.) Click speaker names for individual audio.

Chair:  Martin Marty (8 min.) is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago; an ordained Lutheran minister; and a columnist for, and former editor of, the Christian Century. A theologian and historian of modern Christianity, he is the author of numerous books, including Martin Luther in the Penguin Lives Series; the three-volume study Modern American Religion; and Pilgrims in Their Own Land: Five Hundred Years of Religion in America. A former President of the American Academy of Religion, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and directed its Fundamentalism Project.
Panelists:   Joyce Appleby (15 min.) is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles, and past President of the Organization of American Historians as well as of the American Historical Association. Her research has focused primarily on England, France, and America in the early modern period. She is the author of numerous publications, including Ideology and Economic Thought in Seventeenth-Century England; Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Jeffersonian Vision of the 1790s; and Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.



  Mark Noll (11 min.) is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and formerly Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College. During the 2004–2005 academic year, he was the Maguire Fellow in American History and Ethics at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. He was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2006. He is the author of A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada; The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind; and America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
   James Carroll (16 min.) is a writer whose weekly column appears in The Boston Globe. He has published ten novels, including Mortal Friends and The City Below. His book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews was honored as one of the Best Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and won the Melcher Book Award, the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award, and the National Jewish Book Award in History. His most recent publication is House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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