New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is slated to discuss his just released book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics” tonight at 7 at the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Douthat is expected to discuss his argument that “American religion has declined as a mainstream, bipartisan voice in American politics,” according to released statement from the university.
He’ll be interviewed by Stephen Smith, executive editor of Minnesota Public Radio’s American RadioWorks and host of the station’s monthly discussion series, Bright Ideas.
The program is part of MPR’s 2011-2012 Broadcast Journalist Series, co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and its Communication and Journalism Department. The program is free, but tickets are required.
“Douthat, 32, became an online and op-ed columnist for The New York Times in 2009 and is the youngest regular op-ed writer in the paper’s history. A convert to Catholicism during his teen years, he is a 2002 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. Douthat was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com before joining the Times.”
“He is a film critic for National Review and has written for the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, Slate and other publications.”