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How have Americans used the written word to define the boundaries of religious communities and to create personal religious identities? What role has print culture played in either establishing or undermining religious authority in America?
Influenced by the invention of the printing press, the reformations of the sixteenth century, and the expansion of literacy and public education, Americans have always depended on print culture to represent the meaning of religion. While some have written spiritual journals, poems, autobiographies, or grand narratives of providential history, others have examined religion with a more critical eye. This conference, honoring W. Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology, at his retirement from the Divinity School faculty, asks how the project of "writing religion" has shaped questions about representation, difference, and authority in American culture.

Writing Religion: Representing, Difference, and Authority in American Culture (audio‪)‬ The University of Chicago

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How have Americans used the written word to define the boundaries of religious communities and to create personal religious identities? What role has print culture played in either establishing or undermining religious authority in America?
Influenced by the invention of the printing press, the reformations of the sixteenth century, and the expansion of literacy and public education, Americans have always depended on print culture to represent the meaning of religion. While some have written spiritual journals, poems, autobiographies, or grand narratives of providential history, others have examined religion with a more critical eye. This conference, honoring W. Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology, at his retirement from the Divinity School faculty, asks how the project of "writing religion" has shaped questions about representation, difference, and authority in American culture.

    Welcome

    Welcome

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    3:00-4:00pm Welcome Margaret M. Mitchell, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature

    • 4 min
    Filling One’s Head with a Thousand Questions: White Northern Antislavery Activists Wrestle with Doubt and Authenticity

    Filling One’s Head with a Thousand Questions: White Northern Antislavery Activists Wrestle with Doubt and Authenticity

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    Curtis J. Evans, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity, "Filling One's Head with a Thousand Questions: White Northern Antislavery Activists Wrestle with Doubt and Authenticity"

    • 3 sec
    Writing Transcendence: When Words Exceed Themselves in Nineteenth-Century America

    Writing Transcendence: When Words Exceed Themselves in Nineteenth-Century America

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    4:15-5:15pm: W. Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology

    • 4 sec
    Panel Discussion: Commen and Introduction

    Panel Discussion: Commen and Introduction

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    Commen and Introduction: Kathryn Lofton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Yale University

    • 5 min
    Re-Forming Faith: John Steinbeck, the New Deal, and the Religion of the Wandering Oklahoman

    Re-Forming Faith: John Steinbeck, the New Deal, and the Religion of the Wandering Oklahoman

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    Jonathan Ebel, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Illinois

    • 1 sec
    Mourning Pages and Scriptural Authority: The Canonization of Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail

    Mourning Pages and Scriptural Authority: The Canonization of Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail

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    Kathleen Flake, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Vanderbilt University

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