Fall 2013: God and Culture

Secular and the Religious Good in Civil Society

The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America prohibits any law respecting an establishment of religion or impeding the free exercise of religion.  And yet, American civil society is saturated with anti-religious and religious sensibilities that often frame religious and secular goods as mutually subjugating.  This quarter’s lecture series will attempt to disrupt this polarizing frame.

My Bright Abyss

Thoughts on Modern Belief

by Christian Wiman |

October 17, 2013 | 4 – 5:15 p.m.

LOCATION CHANGE: St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons | MAP

Moving among a variety of writings—poetry, prose, theology, biography—as well as experiences from his own life, Christian Wiman will examine what a credible Christian faith might look like at the beginning of the 21st century.

Christian Wiman graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. For years he traveled the world – from Guatemala to the Czech Republic – devoting himself to the craft of poetry. He later became the Jones lecturer of poetry at Stanford University, a visiting lecturer at the Yale Divinity School, and also taught at Northwestern University and the Prague School of Economics. From 2003 to 2013, Christian Wiman served as the editor of Poetry Magazine, the oldest American magazine of verse. Under Wiman’s leadership, Poetry was honored with two prestigious National Magazine Awards in 2011. Wiman is now Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is the author of three well-received books of poetry, a book of essays and most recently, My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer.

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