Community Breakfast Spring 2013
April 9, 2013
Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Dean of the Divinity School and Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious Histor
Religious Identity in the New Century
Dean James Hudnut-Beumler reflects on Vanderbilt Divinity School since the year 2000, when he joined its faculty, and discusses the changing role of religion during those years. Examining the rise of the so-called ”Nones” in American religion, the decline of Protestant identification, the increased use of nondenominational to describe churches and people, the post-9/11 rise of the use of the term Christian for self identification of some and “spiritual, but not religious” for other people, Hudnut-Beumler probes what future historians will make of the era we' have just been through. He also examines how sexual predators in the clergy, the new atheism, continuing poverty and economic stagnation, asymmetric international warfare, and movements for Missional and Emergent churches, together with the new monasticism, all challenged organized religious life in the first decade of the 21st century.