Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity
@ Yale University
Kathryn Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined how the the history of religion is constituted by the history of popular culture and the emergence of corporations. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) uses the example of Oprah Winfrey’s multimedia productions to evaluate the material strategies of contemporary spirituality. Her second book, Consuming Religion (2017) offers a profile of religion and its relationship to consumption through a series of case studies including the family Kardashian and the Goldman Sachs Group. Recent essays have described the problem of religion in America history, the role of religion in documentary film, and the gospel minstrelsy of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
Professor of Theology
@ Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary
Daniel K. Finn is Professor of Theology and Clemens Professor of Economics at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Association for Social Economics. He led a successful affordable housing campaign among five cities in central Minnesota and has lectured widely in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
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