Watch Marilynne Robinson: The Spiritual Battles that Rage at America’s Heart [4/6/14]


On March 26, 2014, Marilynne Robinson, world famous novelist and cultural critic, gave the Fourth Annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women Spirit Lecture at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Below is a web address at which you can view a video of that lecture and a video of Ms. Robinson’s responses to questions arising from the audience.

Disclosure: daughter Serene Jones is the President of Union Theological Seminary and the moderator of the questions after the lecture.

Ms. Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005 with her novel, Gilead. Other novels are Housekeeping (1980) and Home (2008). Books of cultural criticism include Mother Country (1989), The Death of Adam (1998), Absence of Mind (Terry Lectures at Yale, 2010), and When I Was a Child I Read Books (2012).

The lecture and the following discussion is a stimulating feast for folk earnest about Christian faith and the current struggle for the soul of America.

The videos will only be available online until April 26th, so view them soon.



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Roger Sizemore

responded on 04/07/14

Joe: Thanks for sharing this excellent event.  I’ve read and pondered, Gilead, Home, her Terry Lectures, the occasional Christian Century article.  She is a welcomed, complex voice, addressing with sensitivity and depth,  the toxic nonsense which passes for today’s public discourse. 

Ron Byars

responded on 04/07/14

This was a wonderful presentation. Ms. Robinson was impartial in her insightful analysis of contemporary American versions of Christianity: the one that dominates the news, and the one that may be equally destructive as it distances itself from the church’s rich tradition.