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The Year of the Book
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DR. S.T. LEE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
An author and essayist, Jack Miles has been called an insightful critic and a lucid writer of marked originality, literary force, reach, and cast who moves effortlessly between the intellectual world of literary scholarship and contemporary social issues.
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, God: A Biography, he examines the evolution of the character of God as though a figure in a work of literature, providing a unique prism through which to consider the Old Testament. Miles uses a similar approach in his 2001 book, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, considering not the historical Christ, but the character depicted in the stories of the New Testament.
In addition to analyzing biblical literature, he is
an astute observer of religion and culture. Trained as a Jesuit with
a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Literature, Miles is currently
focusing on religion in international relations. He is exploring links
among the ethical premises of the Bible and such contemporary challenges
as nuclear catastrophe and environmental degradation.
The Connection, with Dick Gordon, on Christ (12.24.01)
Reading Group Guides, on God