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The Missionary Moment: Christian America in the World War of Ideas


When Jun 18, 2008 from 8:00 pm CT

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At the 2008 Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Catastrophe and Conversion: Political Thinking for the New Millennium, Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine, provided the keynote address on the topic, “The Missionary Moment: Christian America in the World War of Ideas.” This lecture was sponsored by the Raven Foundation and introduced by Suzanne Ross, co-founder of the Raven Foundation.

Jack Miles 2008 COV&R keynote

Jack Miles is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine. In 1996, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for God: A Biography (translated into 16 languages) and is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (2002-2007). Professor Miles was a Jesuit seminarian from 1960 to 1970, studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before completing a doctorate in the department of Near Eastern Languages at Harvard. He has been an editor at Doubleday, executive editor at the University of California Press and literary editor at the Los Angeles Times. His second book, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, was named a New York Time Notable Book of 2002. His writings have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post among other publications. He is the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions (forthcoming).

Suzanne Ross is a graduate of Bucknell University and a certified Montessori educator. She taught preschool and kindergarten before working as a corporate training consultant. As a member of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, she has attended and presented at the annual conferences. In January 2007, she and her husband Keith founded The Raven Foundation to increase awareness of Girardian theory. She currently serves on the Education Committee of Imitatio, Inc. Her first book, The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things, examines the lessons of myth, scapegoating and forgiveness in the hit Broadway musical Wicked. Her second book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire, explores patterns of romantic love and how to create a fulfilling relationship.

 

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