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Getting Religion – Kenneth Woodward in Conversation (RNA / CSEC Event)
Chicago Sunday Evening Club
Wed, October 26, 2016 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for a fascinating conversation
Kenneth L. Woodward edited Newsweek’s Religion section until his retirement in 2002. Now, with his new book, Getting Religion, he invites readers into the sweep of the last half century, where faith, culture, and politics collide.
This evening with the author will include remarks from Mr. Woodward, as well as a public conversation with Dr. David Dault, executive director of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club and host of the weekly radio program Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith.
Beginning with a bold reassessment of the Fifties, Woodward’s narrative weaves through Civil Rights era and the movements that followed in its wake: the anti-Vietnam movement; Liberation theology in Latin America; the rise of Evangelicalism and decline of mainline Protestantism; women’s liberation and Bible; the turn to Asian spirituality; the transformation of the family and emergence of religious cults; and the embrace of righteous politics by both the Republican and Democratic Parties.
For readers interested in how religion, economics, family life and politics influence each other, Woodward introduces fresh a fresh vocabulary of terms such as “embedded religion,” “movement religion” and “entrepreneurial religion” to illuminate the interweaving of the secular and sacred in American public life.
This is one of those rare books that changes the way Americans think about belief, behavior and belonging.
Please join us for this important and engaging conversation.
Journalism students and members of the Religion News Association and Religion Communicators Council especially encouraged to attend!