Noted Author to Discuss Religious Literacy

Religion scholar and best-selling author Stephen Prothero will address "Religious Literacy and Cultural Understanding" in a free lecture Nov. 15 at Willamette University.

The event is at 7:30 p.m. in Paulus Great Hall at Collins Legal Center, 245 Winter St. SE.

Prothero's New York Times bestseller, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesn't, received the 2007 Quill Book Award and was named an "editor's choice" this summer in the New York Times Book Review. Prothero has appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss the book, which notes that religious illiteracy in the U.S. has led to many politicians, pundits and general citizens misinterpreting religious rhetoric in policy arguments.

Prothero, chair of the religion department at Boston University, also wrote American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon. He has been a commentator on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Fox and PBS, and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

The event is sponsored by the Willamette University Center for Religion, Law and Democracy, and the Lilly Project. For more information, call (503) 370-6213 or (503) 370-6732.