University of Michigan
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Faith is Not a Sideshow

Why you - and the U - need to get religion

February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium


About the Presenters
Author and New York Times Columnist

Ross Gregory Douthat is an American author, blogger and New York Times columnist. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic and wrote Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012), Grand New Party (Doubleday, 2008) with Reihan Salam, and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005). David Brooks called Grand New Party the "best single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to head." Douthat is a film critic for National Review and has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, Slate, and other publications. In addition, he frequently appears on the video debate site In April 2009, he became an online and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the Times editorial page. Douthat is the youngest regular op-ed writer in the paper's history, and has been described as "the New York Times' most consistently thoughtful and level-headed opinion columnist" and "the best Times columnist by far".

History at University of Michigan

In October 2012, the Veritas Forum held a discussion between Jeff Van Duzer, Dean of Seattle Pacific Business School and Gautam Ahuja, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan moderated by Andy Crouch, Author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling titled "Should Business Play God?  Markets and Morality in a Culture of Bottom Lines."  


In November 2011, Mary Poplin, professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, shared her dynamic spiritual journey to faith and offered some incredible lessons about life, worldview, and the purpose of the university at "Ignorance ISN'T Bliss: What Every College Student Should Know About Religion and Doesn't."

Check out all Veritas Forum recordings from the University of Michigan here!