“God in America” Features Faculty

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Lauren Winner, Grant Wacker, and Richard Lischer are interviewed in the documentary “God in America”
Friday, October 8, 2010

Three North Carolina scholars, all from Duke Divinity School, are interviewed in the PBS documentary God in America, an extensive exploration of the 400-year history of the intersection of religion and American public life that airs for three successive nights starting at 9 p.m. ET Monday, Oct. 11.

Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality Lauren Winner provides 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, is interviewed about the Charlotte-born evangelist who became the face of America's Cold War religious revival. And Cleland Professor of Preaching Richard Lischer provides background for the Oct. 13 episode on the leadership during the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King Jr. Lischer is the author of The Preacher King: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Word That Moved America.

UNC-TV and other PBS affiliates will air the series Oct. 11-13, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET.

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