The Bible in America: Does it Still Matter?
Dr. Peter J. Thuesen, Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, speaks at the Lutheran Child & Family Services annual symposium
The Bible is the best selling book . . . every year, but what role does it play in the life of Americans? The Bible is revered by many, but read by fewer. Does it maintain its relevance as it once did? What are the views of Americans that shape how they see and use this sacred text?
Peter J. Thuesen is Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, co-editor of Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, and Director of Humanities Research in the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. From 2009 to 2015, he chaired IUPUI’s Department of Religious Studies. A historian of American religion and the Christian tradition, he is currently at work on Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather(under contract with Oxford University Press).
He is also co-editor (with Philip Goff and Arthur E. Farnsley II) of The Bible in American Life (Oxford, 2017). Educated at Princeton University (Ph.D., M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A.), he previously taught at Tufts University and at Yale Divinity School.