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Meyer Lecture

2006 Lecturer

Dr. Stephen Prothero

Dr. Stephen Prothero
Professor of Religion at Boston University

"Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know About Christianity and the World’s Religions"

Dr. Steven Prothero serves as Chairman of the Department of Religion and Director of the Graduate Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University.

A historian of American religion, Prothero specializes in Asian religious traditions in the United States and regularly teaches courses on American religious history, Buddhism in America, Hinduism in America, Death and Immortality, and Jesus in America.

His first book, The White Buddhist: the Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (1996), was awarded the Best First Book in the History of Religions for 1996 by the American Academy of Religion.

He has published articles in Journal of the American Academy of Religion and American Religion and Culture. He is also the co-editor, with Thomas Tweed, of Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (Oxford University Press, 1998) and the author of Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America (University of California Press, 2001).

His most recent book is American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon (2003), which chronicles the distinctive “images of Jesus” cherished by the American people from crucified Lord to folk hero, from divinity to celebrity.