IUPUI Professor Serves as Historian/Consultant for PBS' "God in America" Series





Despite this country’s tradition of separating church and state, Americans have historically believed that our country was created for a divine purpose.

“The debate has been over just what that divine purpose has been – and that’s where politics has played a role,” says Philip Goff, executive director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, part of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Goff is one of several religious historians interviewed for “God in America," the first TV production to explore “the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America,” according to PBS. The six-hour series will air on PBS Oct. 11, 12 and 13, 2010.

“The series shows how America shaped religion and religion shaped America,” Goff says. “Viewers will get a good overview of religion’s role in American life and therefore a better understanding of the world in which we live.”...

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