Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Book: Why Liberals Always Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)
Stephen Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books including God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn’t.
Prothero has commented on religion on dozens of NPR programs and several TV networks. He has been a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “The Colbert Report,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for many other newspapers.
His latest book, Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage, is a timely and carefully reasoned social history of the United States that places today’s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle. Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today’s political battles between right and left, Progressives and Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flash points that have shaped our national identity.