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Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass is a historian focusing on the history of Christianity and a leading voice in progressive Christianity. Bass is currently an independent scholar who writes broadly on American religion and culture. She is the author of eight books, three of which have won research or writing awards. She earned a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University in 1991 with an emphasis on American church history. While at Duke she studied under George Marsden. From 1995–2000, she wrote a weekly column on religion and culture for the New York Times Syndicate that appeared in more than seventy newspapers nationwide and has since become a popular commentator on American religion for other media outlets. Currently, she is a blogger for the God’s Politics blog with Jim Wallis at Beliefnet, as well as On Faith and The Huffington Post. She is associated with Sojourners, and the Red-Letter Christian movement.

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An interview on Think Forward with Diana Butler Bass about historical memory, particularly Christianity. Have we lost our memory, and what consequences could this have? She discusses the struggle in deciding which notorious (and not so notorious) Christians in history to include in her book. I wonder how much the person writing about a history affects the contents of that history. Clearly different authors would choose different historical figures to highlight. So what exactly is memory, and is it different from historical memory. What is lost when we lose memory?

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