Professor Molly Worthen, Ph.D.

Professor Molly Worthen
  • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Yale University
Fundamentally, the history of Christianity is not a history of abstract “-isms.” It’s a story of human beings, and the story of how faith is actually lived.

Molly Worthen is an Assistant Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in History as well as her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale. Dr. Worthen taught briefly at the University of Toronto before going to Chapel Hill in 2012.

Dr. Worthen’s first book, The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill, is a backstage account of American foreign policy and higher education told through the biography of a diplomat turned professor. In 2013, she published Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, an intellectual history of American evangelicals and the culture wars since 1945

Dr. Worthen teaches courses on North American intellectual history and global Christianity, including a popular course titled “Sin and Evil in Modern America.” She has lectured widely around the United States and Canada on evangelical history and the culture wars. Dr. Worthen’s research focuses on the tensions between traditional religion and modernity. She has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines and is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where she covers religion, politics, and higher education.

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  1. The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch Sale

    The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

    Molly Worthen
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    The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch picks up where The Great Courses’ first history of Christianity left off: with the Protestant Reformation. Taught by Dr. Molly Worthen, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, these 36 fascinating lectures trace the story of Christianity as it transformed from the end of the Middle Ages into the diverse global...
  2. (Set) The History of Christianity II & The History of Christianity Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity II & The History of Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Unpack the stories of people to understand the how and why of Christian history with this two-course set. Hear the phenomenal story of Christianity’s first 1,500 years, in all its remarkable diversity and complex dimension in The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation. Then, explore contemporary Christianity with The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern...
  3. (Set) The History of Christianity II & The Catholic Church Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity II & The Catholic Church

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
    Gain insight into the branches of Christianity with this outstanding two-course set. Explore the history of modern Christianity with The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch. Then, get a unique and illuminating perspective on world history and politics as viewed through the lens of Catholic history with The Catholic Church: A History.
  4. (Set) The History of Christianity II & Reading Biblical Literature Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity II & Reading Biblical Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $439.90 Starting at $439.90 $769.90 $439.90$769.90
    Gain insights into Christianity with this insightful two-course set. Explore the last 500 years of history through the lens of Christianity in The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch. Then, get a comprehensive, book-by-book analysis of the Bible from the fascinating perspective of literature and narrative in Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation.
  5. (Set) The History of Christianity II & Jesus and His Jewish Influences Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity II & Jesus and His Jewish Influences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Discover fascinating new insights into Christianity and Jesus in this two-course set. With The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch, you’ll better understand our world’s political and cultural history through the lens of Christianity. In Jesus and His Jewish Influences, you’ll explore how the Gospel accounts can be better understood with a look at early Judaism.
  6. (Set) The History of Christianity II & How Jesus Became God Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity II & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Encounter the dramatic story of Christianity and Jesus in this two-course set. Start by exploring the last 500 years of history through the lens of Christianity with The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch. Then, dive deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers with How Jesus Became God.