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Charles LippyDr. Charles Lippy to be honored

A panel of four scholars will appraise the professional life and work of Dr. Charles Lippy, LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professorship of Religious Studies, at the opening session of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) Southeastern Regional Meeting 2007 in Nashville on Friday, March 16.    This event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Sheraton Nashville Downtown.

The theme of the panel discussion is entitled Contributions to the Study of American Religion:  Honoring the Work of Charles H. Lippy with Sean McCloud, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, presiding.  Panelists include:  John Corrigan, Florida State University; Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University; Amanda Porterfield, Florida State University; and David G. Roebuck, Dixon Pentecostal Research Center, Lee University.

“Many of the most accomplished scholars of American Religion will be assembling in Nashville, where they will honor the distinguished and remarkably productive academic career of Dr. Charles Lippy,” said Dr. William Harman, Head Department of Philosophy and Religion. “This unusual tribute to a man whose accumulated scholarly work has attracted international attention brings great distinction to him and to the Department of Philosophy and Religion. It will be a rare event, signaling the impending retirement of a man whose career in the field of American religious history remains among the most prominent in religious scholarship.”

Faith in America: Changes, Challenges, New Directions is Lippy’s most recent academic achievement.  He designed and edited the three-volume work, and in November, 2007, a panel will appraise his writing at the joint annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religion Research Association.

Lippy has challenged bibliophiles globally with his gender-based examination of Christian devotion in his book Do Real Men Pray? Images of the Christian Man and Male Spirituality in White Protestant America.  It is one of twenty books Lippy has written or edited in his career.  “There is a perception that women are more religious than men.  So much literature is cast from the female perspective,” Lippy said.  His book has tracked the history of male spirituality from the 17th century to the Promise Keepers movement. 

Lippy was profiled in the May, 2005 premier issue of Religious Studies News, a publication of the American Academy of Religion. Founded in 1909, the AAR is the world's largest professional association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion.

An expert on popular religion in the United States, Lippy is the author of Pluralism comes of age: American religious culture in the twentieth century, named one of the "Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) of 2001" by the editor and publisher of Choice magazine, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

He has also written Modern American Popular Religion; Being Religious, American Style; and The Evangelicals: A History, Themes, and Biographies.

March 13, 2007