The State of Religion in America

Jan 18 2018 12—1:30pm
University Club of Chicago
76 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
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Ross Douthat

New York Times


$60 General / $600 Host Committee Member

Join the Lumen Christi Institute for a luncheon event featuring Catholic New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat, who will speak on "The State of Religion in America." 

11:30am - Registration
12:00pm - Lunch is served
12:30pm - "The State of Religion in America"
1:15pm - Q&A session
1:30pm - Close

Since publishing Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics in 2012, Ross Douthat’s commentary on American religious culture has established him as a prominent and thoughtful critic. This lecture will describe the three "world pictures" that dominate American religiosity: the biblical, spiritual, and secular. As these world pictures jockey for cultural dominance, interesting questions arise. Can the biblical world picture gain ground? Will the secular world picture carry the day? Will the spiritual world picture be forced to give way to one of its more inflexible alternatives? These and other questions will be considered in view of contemporary political and cultural events.

Douthat explored these themes in a popular 2013 column accessible here.

Ross Douthat will also participate in a panel discussion on "Religion and Religious Expression in the Academy and Public Life" at the University of Chicago on January 17.

Ross Douthat joined the New York Times as an op-ed columnist, the youngest in the paper's history, in April 2009. His column appears every Wednesday and Sunday. He has established himself as a nationally recognized commentator on politics, religion, moral values, and higher education. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012), Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005), and  co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008).