Whenever someone says to me that they believe in a higher power, I squirm inwardly. Why should this be so? Am I not post-secular enough to respect such a general invocation for its potential individual substance?
Kathryn Lofton is Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity at Yale University, an Editor-at-Large for The Immanent Frame, and co-curator (with John Lardas Modern) of Frequencies. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. religions, she has written on the histories of evangelicalism, consumerism, African American religion, and the academic study of religion. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, was published by the University of California Press in 2011. She is currently working on several projects, including a study of sexuality and religion; an analysis of the culture concept of the Goldman Sachs Group; and a religious history of Bob Dylan.