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Join us as we delve into the matter of how religion played a part, not only in the Obama election, but in the lives of former Presidents, with Professor, Niels C. Nielsen, Jr Niels C. Nielsen, Jr. is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought emeritus at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Rice is an independent university, neither a state supported school or a church sponsored institution. He was founding chairman of its department of religious studies from 1968 to 1990. His B.A. degree is from George Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and his B.D. and Ph.D from Yale. He taught in the Yale University Department of Religion before coming to Texas. His professional affiliations include the American Academy of Religion, American Philosophical Society, American Society for the Study of Religion, Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and the Society for European Culture. His doctoral research at Yale was in contemporary theology. Subsequently he has written in the fields of world religions and religion in Eastern Europe; he traveled extensively researching in these fields. As one reviewer states: "With penetrating analyses of twenty presidents from Washington to Obama, God in the Obama Era is a "must read" for anyone interested in the American presidency, the place of religion in American history and culture, or religion in the Obama campaign and presidency. This erudite, lucid, enlightening book brilliantly illuminates the central icon of American culture, the American presidency. In the aftermath of the presidential election of 2008, in which religion played a greater role than in any election since that of 1960, we are fortunate to receive this book...this important book is rich in insight, lively in style and wide-ranging in scope." Ron Highfield, Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion, Pepperdine University Call in or chat via the internet 8PM EST, 7PM CST, 6PM Mountain, 5PM PST
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