Writing about religion in a polarized age

panelistsBoston College will host a panel of writers who will discuss their insights regarding contemporary discourse on religion, including the challenges that exist for those who desire to engage in thoughtful reflection on provocative topics. “Writing about Religion in a Polarized Age” will take place Oct. 23 in Devlin 101 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Panelists will be: Rod DreherMark OppenheimerSarah Posner and Alan Wolfe. Dreher, who writes a blog for The American Conservative, is the author of two books: The Little Way of Ruthie Leming and Crunchy Cons, about a growing “conservative counterculture” movement that stands outside the GOP mainstream. Oppenheimer, the 2014-2015 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College, is a journalist known for writing the biweekly “Beliefs” column for the New York Times. His books include Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture and Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah across AmericaPosner is a regular contributor on religion to Al Jazeera America and Religion Dispatches.  She is the author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, which investigated the unholy alliance between politicians and televangelists. Wolfe is the author and editor of more than 20 books, including At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews, Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It, and The Transformation of American Religion: How We actually Practice our FaithInterested, but can’t make the event? Follow along via live broadcast or twitter (#WritingAboutReligion). Sponsor: The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

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