This website, by author and professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University, Stephen Prothero, features clips of appearances from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, which is another way of noting that Prothero often comments on current religious affairs in America and does so in a way that is accessible to many.



Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Incorporate Prothero's materials into small group conversations to spark ideas on controversial topics, such as the pope.
  • Reading Prothero's book might help a local pastor become clearer on what she or he believes and how to communicate that to the congregation.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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