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The Future of American Religion: A Conversation

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What does religion mean in America today, and what will it mean tomorrow? And what role will Catholicism play in answering this question? Five journalists and scholars explore the changing landscape of American faith, using as a starting point two recent books: A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Catholic Church in America, by New York Times religion correspondent and former Commonweal editor Peter Steinfels; and The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith, by BC politicial science professor and Boisi Center director Alan Wolfe. Steinfels and Wolfe are joined on the panel by R. Scott Appleby, director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history at Notre Dame; David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times; and Wendy Kaminer, contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly.

The panel is introduced by moderator Ben Birnbaum, special assistant to the president and editor of Boston College Magazine.

Format: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
Length: 109

Presenter(s): R. Scott Appleby, David Brooks, Wendy Kaminer, Peter Steinfels, Alan Wolfe

Date: November 4, 2003

Location: Robsham Theater, Boston College

Sponsor(s): The Church in the 21st Century Initiative; Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/wolfe/

The information on this page is accurate as of November 2003