Martin Marty

"Marty" is one of the most prominent interpreters of religion and culture today. Author of more than 50 books, he is also a speaker, columnist, pastor, and teacher, having been a professor of religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago.

Stories by Martin Marty

Measuring religious representation on the court

Score-keepers readying themselves for the forthcoming summer’s Armageddon-level Senate debates over the next Supreme Court appointment find plenty of skirmishing … Continued

Listening to Hebrew prophets or false prophets?

(Originally published in Sightings) Are 68.1 million Americans connected with a Communist front movement? Yes, if they are Roman Catholic. … Continued

Good heavens, and bad ones

Q:What is your vision of heaven? What images – from Scripture, tradition, culture or your personal experience – best describe … Continued

Many Kinds of Faith, Many Kinds of Doubt

Part 11 of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

U.S. foreign policy has “got religion’ — accidentally

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Christians are being persecuted, but not here

Christians, who through the centuries have often been persecutors, in our time often are persecutees. Those of us who try … Continued

Jimmy Carter and the Elders

Two years ago last weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa, twelve senior statespersons met to form a group called, yes, the … Continued

Clergy Don’t Marry Anyone

New Hampshire became the sixth state to let gay couples wed. The new law was approved after revisions exempted members … Continued

Not Muslim or Anti-Muslim, Christian or Anti-Christian

What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that “the United States is not, and never … Continued

Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers?

We hear angry barking: let the dumb and rapacious fools who got in over their heads financially sink all the … Continued

Religious Allusions, not Illusions

The Inauguration ceremony, the prayer service on Monday, and several other pre-and-post inaugural events went on without much religious controversy. … Continued

Hamas Wilfully Misreads

Neither the ancient holy books of Islam or Israel envision the modern states and expressions when they speak prophetically or … Continued

Scriptural and Religious Cases for Gay Marriage

Let me begin “sectarianly,” to show how high the scriptural bars can be. We seventy million Lutherans around the world … Continued

None of Our Business Where Presidents Worship

Where should a president and his family worship, which means to many, which church should they join? Should a president-elect … Continued

Day of Prayer? Neither Here Nor There

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays: it is not too commercial; is low-pressured except when gathered families have tensions; … Continued

Realistic Hope and Hopeful Realism

The election of Barack Obama says — about America and to the world — that it is open to “realistic … Continued

Beware Anyone’s Sure Knowledge of God’s Will

In World War I this doggerel was heard: ‘Gott strafe England’ And [God save the king’ ‘God this, God that, … Continued

Using God Politically

With all due respect to Pastor Warren and the candidates, and without complaint about what was said, I’m on the … Continued

Religion and Racial Prejudice: Old But Guilty Partners

When Americans profess religious faith AND are racially prejudiced, they are acting in traditions much older than America itself. Through … Continued

Diary of a Country Priest

George Bernanos’ “Diary of a Country Priest” had a profound impact on me. I have always looked for religious meaning … Continued