About

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I’ve always loved give-and-take discussions about religion.  And I thrive on bringing crucial knowledge to the wider world, whether teaching college classes, speaking to groups or talking to the media.

Religion is a key to understanding contemporary societies and global events.  Whatever the story, whatever your path in life, religion matters.

Yet “religious literacy” is at an all-time low.  So are original, edgy angles.  I hope to help remedy that.

My interest dates to youth, raised Roman Catholic with thirteen years of Catholic schooling.  I completed a Ph.D. at Duke University with a specialization in U.S. Catholicism.  I’ve taught topics in American religion for fifteen years at TCU, Duke and Hofstra.  I speak about religion, not for any particular religion.

I walk a lot.  All website photos are taken by me in East New York, Brooklyn.

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