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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