Prothero Discusses the Importance of Religious Literacy
May 14, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Author of American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon and The New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t, Stephen Prothero will speak at Illinois Wesleyan University on Tuesday, May 27 at
7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
The event is free and open to the public.
Prothero, chair of Boston University’s Department of Religion, will discuss the issue
of religious illiteracy in America. He will also examine society’s perspective of
religion based on its concepts of the embodiment of Jesus Christ throughout various
Drawing from his latest book, Prothero argues that public schools should reinstate
the study of the Bible as well as various world religions. He contends that without
a thorough education of the principles of religion, Americans cannot understand essential
aspects of the Iraqi war, current social concerns, or political debate and conduct.
In addition to appearances on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, PBS, “The Daily Show” with Jon
Stewart, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and several National Public Radio programs, Prothero’s
work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Salon, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times.
For more information on Prothero, visit his Web site at www.stephenprothero.com, and to learn more about his speeches, visit www.thelavinagency.com.
Contact: Nicole Travis ‘11, (309) 556-3181