Stephen ProtheroStephen Richard Prothero (; born November 13, 1960) is an American scholar of religion. He is the C. Allyn and Elizabeth V. Russell Professor of Religion in America at Boston University and the author or editor of eleven books on religion in the United States, including the ''New York Times'' bestseller ''Religious Literacy''.
He has commented on religion on dozens of National Public Radio programs and on television on CNN, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, MSNBC, ''The Oprah Winfrey Show'', ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'', and ''The Colbert Report''. He was the chief editorial consultant for the six-hour WGBH television series ''God in America'' and he has served as a consultant on American religious history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. A regular contributor to ''USA Today'', he has also written for ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''The New York Times Book Review'', ''Slate'', Salon, ''The Washington Post'', the ''Los Angeles Times'', ''The Boston Globe'', and ''The Wall Street Journal''.
Prothero has argued for mandatory public-school biblical literacy courses (along the lines of the Bible Literacy Project's ''The Bible and Its Influence''), along with mandatory courses on world religions. He delivered the William Belden Noble Lectures at Harvard University on November 18–20 on the topic: “The Work of Doing Nothing: Wandering as Practice and Play." On the matter of his own personal beliefs, Prothero describes himself as "religiously confused". Provided by Wikipedia
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