Templeton Fellow, 2007-08

Martin MartyMartin Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he taught for 35 years and where the Martin Marty Center has since been founded to promote “public religion” endeavors. He writes the “M.E.M.O” column for the biweekly Christian Century, on whose staff he has served since 1956. He is also the editor of the fortnightly Context, since 1969, and authors the Marty Center’s weekly e-mail column, Sightings.

He specializes in late eighteenth and twentieth-century American religion and occasionally holds seminars on subjects related to this specialty. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Professor Marty has put considerable effort into the Master of Divinity program at the Divinity School and into teaching for public ministry. In the spring quarter of 2006 he co-led (with W. Clark Gilpin) the Brauer Seminar on violence in American religious history.

The author of more than fifty books, Marty has written the three-volume Modern American Religion (University of Chicago Press). Other books are The One and the Many: America’s Search for the Common Good; Education, Religion and the Common Good and Politics, Religion and the Common Good, and with photographer Micah Marty, Places Along the Way; Our Hope for Years to Come; The Promise of Winter; and When True Simplicity Is Gained. His Righteous Empire won the National Book Award.