11th Annual Distinguished Lecture


Martin E. Marty

Religion on the Global Scene: The Killer that Heals, The Healer that Kills

September 20, 2001

Martin E. Marty is one of America’s foremost theologians and religious historians. He spent his career at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus.

Professor Marty is a fellow of the oldest scholarly societies in this country, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and the recipient of many medals, including the National Humanities Medal and the National Book Award. He has received 67 honorary doctorates.

He is the author of more than 50 books, among them Modern American Religion and The One and the Many: America’s Search for the Common Good , and editor of the newsletter Context and contributing editor of The Christian Century .

Professor Marty directed the recently completed five-year Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which studied comparative fundamentalist religious movements around the world. This lecture derived from that project.

Professor Marty gave his 2001 Distinguished lecture a paradoxical title: “Religion on the Global Scene: The Killer that Heals.” In light of the events of September 11, 2001, the topic takes on new significance.  

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