Martin E. Marty

"Marty" is one of the most prominent interpreters of religion and culture today. Author of more than 50 books, he is also a speaker, columnist, pastor, and teacher, having been a professor of religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago.

All Stories by Martin E. Marty

History-less judgments

August 8, 2016

The absence of US history from academic curricula could impact religion-in-culture.

The Mormon moment and others

August 8, 2016

The purpose of this exercise in time-measurement terminology is … to suggest that people may profitably invest in some of those in their own era, age, and moment, and gain perspective for what is before them.

Social problems and religion

August 8, 2016

Are churches key to solving social problems? Fewer Americans now think so.

“White Christian America”

July 19, 2016

Is ‘the end’ a proper category to discuss the history and prospects of White Christian America?

Conversations about hard truths

July 11, 2016

Sightings responds to David Gushee’s July 4th column on “Seven hard truths.”

‘Convulsive ingatherings’ and the reaction against immigrants

July 8, 2016

The immediate occasion for the present chaos, is reaction against immigrants, immigration, and governmental elites which have not found or chosen ways to convulsively ingather people into “clusters” of “separatenesses.”

The cost of hate vs. the healing of authentic dealings

June 24, 2016

Three week-end stories about mass murders help frame crisis issues. The first recalls the murders of nine blacks in and during church in Charleston, South Carolina, exactly one year ago by a white supremacist. (New York Times, June 16). The same paper, the same day, front page, dealt with “Young New York Muslims, Robbed of […]

Who’s a heretic? Martin Luther, Pope Saint John Paul, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis

June 13, 2016

Popes have been interested in heresy and heretics for centuries, and language linking “papacy” and “heresy” continues to prosper down to our own day. The language root of “heresy” connects with “to choose,” and the heretic is someone who, in the eyes of someone else, makes bad choices. Those of us who are not of […]

A creative approach to Georgetown’s sin of slavery

June 7, 2016

In a comment to one of the many blog posts about a controversy concerning Georgetown University’s past with slavery, we read: “I did not enslave anyone. I did not profit from slavery.” Such an abrupt dismissal of the moral issues is alienating, but the responder who added this comment hung around long enough to quicken […]

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