Jon Butler (Collaborative Colloquia) Society for the Study of Religion
Jon Butler, Yale University
“Manhattan: Modern America’s Spiritual Hothouse”
New York City has long epitomized modern secularism in its various guises. Yet between 1890 and 1970, New York became America’s most theologically innovative city — perhaps, the world’s. Figures such as Dorothy Day, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Norman Vincent Peale, Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Joseph Soloveitchik, among others, transformed the ways Americans, not just New Yorkers, conceived of God and the meaning of religion in a place and century more commonly associated with rising secularism. Was this just accidental, or did New York and their experience of it catalyze their transforming theologies?
Tuesday April 4th, 2017
Light refreshments will be served.
Jon Butler is Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. He was Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2004-10, and among his many publications is Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People (Harvard UP, 1990) which won the Beveridge Award for Best Book in American History.
The Harshbarger Lecture in Religious Studies is an annual lectureship made possible by a generous donation in honor of Luther H. Harshbarger, former professor and head of the Religious Studies Department at Penn State.
Co-sponsors: Society for the Study of Religion, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, History Department, Richards Civil War Era Center