God in America Features Faculty
Professors Rick Lischer, Grant Wacker, and Lauren Winner were among the scholars interviewed for God in America , a PBS documentary that explores the 400-year history of the intersection of religion and American public life. PBS aired the series, also available on DVD, during three consecutive nights last October.
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality Lauren Winner provided context for the battles in Colonial Virginia between the official church, which was Anglican, and the Baptists, who were drawing converts away from Anglican parishes. Winner’s most recent book is A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia .
Professor of Christian History Grant Wacker, author of the forthcoming biography Billy Graham’s America , was interviewed about the Charlotte-born evangelist who became the face of America’s Cold War religious revival.
Cleland Professor of Preaching Richard Lischer provided background for the episode on the civil rights movement and the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. Lischer is the author of The Preacher King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Word That Moved America .