Why Liberals Win: America’s Culture Wars from the Election of 1800 to Same-Sex Marriage

A public lecture by Professor Stephen Prothero, Boston University.



Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


  • Why Liberals Win: America’s Culture Wars from the Election of 1800 to Same-Sex Marriage

    Stephen Prothero, Boston University (October 23, 2014)


Stephen Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, most recently The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation (HarperOne 2012), God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010) and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know (HarperOne, 2007). He has commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs, and on television on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, and PBS. He was also a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “The Colbert Report,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He was also the chief editorial consultant for the six-hour WGBH/PBS television series “God in America” (2010). A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. In 2010 he was invited to speak about religious literacy at the White House. He was a 2012-13 fellow at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Prothero received his B.A. from Yale in American Studies and his Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard.

This event is part of an ongoing series, the Danforth Distinguished Lectures, sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

Co-sponsored by the Washington University Assembly Series

Free and open to all.


  • Stephen Prothero

  • Leigh Eric Schmidt

    Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor