MARTIN E. MARTY is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Modern Christianity at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. One of Americas foremost theologians and religious historians and the author of more than 60 books, Marty was one of the first 10 recipients of the National Humanities Medal bestowed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. He is the director of the Public Religion Project Linking Religion and American Public Life--funded by Pew Charitable Trusts--the senior editor of the weekly Christian Century and the editor of the newsletter Context. His most recent book is Under God, Indivisible, Volume III of his "Modern American Religion" series published by the University of Chicago Press.
Marty was Project Director for the recently completed five-year Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which studied comparative fundamentalist religious movements around the world. He is a fellow of the two oldest scholarly societies of the United States, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which awarded him its medal in 1995, and the American Philosophical Society. He is past president of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History and the American Catholic Historical Association. In 1972 he won the National Book Award for Righteous Empire. Marty received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956, and has been granted some 60 honorary doctorates.