Good without God?

Religion and its Publics’ own Jane Little interviewed Bart and Tony Campolo- father-son, believer-skeptic – on BBC’s Heart and Soul.

Trump, Knowledge vs. Truth, and Scholar Activism: An Interview with Emilie Townes

The Reverend Dr Emilie Townes is a glass-ceiling shatterer. She was the first African American woman president of the American Academy of Religion and made that a double first when she became the dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society. She’s also an ordained American Baptist clergywoman.

Here she talks with Jane Little about President Donald Trump, the difference between knowledge and truth, and why scholars – “even and especially theologians” – must also be activists.


An Excerpt from “American Covenant” by Dr Philip Gorski

Read an excerpt of Dr Philip Gorski’s upcoming work, American Covenant, at Christian Century.

Interview with Dr Philip Gorksi

Philip Gorski, author of the new book, American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present (Princeton University Press) joined us for a lively and topical discussion. Gorski, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Yale, also sat down with our Associate Director, Jane Little, to tell her why today, more than ever, we need to avoid both religious nationalism and radical secularism – and find what he calls a vital center.

Theory, Theology and Modernity : Graduate Course in Religious Studies

In the Spring semester 2017, the Project will be funding REL 7559, a new course in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, co-taught by the Project’s co-directors, Dr. Charles Mathewes and Dr. Paul Jones, titled, “Theory, Theology and Modernity.”

Graduate students from several disciplines at UVa will gather to put “modernity” at the center of inquiry. What is this thing we call modernity? What is this thing we call secularism?

Reading list will likely include works by Saba Mahmood, Charles Taylor, Jose Casanova, and David Hollinger, among others.