James D. Hunter

Distinguished Visiting Scholar
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Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2012-2019

James Davison Hunter is Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.  He has written eight books, edited three books, and published a wide range of essays, articles, and reviews all variously concerned with the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life.

Professor Hunter’s most recent book is To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2010).  Praise for this book has come both from the academy and the church with Charles Taylor (author of A Secular Age) saying, “The book is brimful of insightful challenges to our conventional understanding of things, and of inspiring suggestions for a new departure.” As well as Robert Bellah (co-author of Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life) saying, “The encounter of social science and theology has often been vapid; Hunter shows how vibrant it can be.” And Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) saying, “No writer or thinker has taught me as much as James Hunter has about this all-important and complex subject of how culture is changed.”

To Change the World is available at bookstores everywhere and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Oxford University Press, and others.

Full Bio from Dr. Hunter's website.

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