Category: Religion

2003 – Mark Juergensmeyer

Why do religious people commit violence in the name of their God, victimizing and terrorizing innocents? Sociology professor Mark Juergensmeyer offers a timely study of religious terrorism and “cultures of violence” which give rise to it in his book, “Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence.” The director of the […]

2002 – Miroslav Volf

Is there any hope of embracing our enemies? Of opening the door to reconciliation? Yale University theologian Miroslav Volf argues in his book “Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation” that exclusion of people who are alien or different is among the most intractable problems in the world today. Volf’s exploration […]

2001 – James L. Kugel

It might come as a shock to learn how many things the Bible doesn’t actually say. Do we suppose that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was “Satan,” or that Adam and Eve’s sin marked humanity’s “fall?” Then why, when we search the pages of the Bible, can we not find a clear word […]

2000 – Jürgen Moltmann

The eve of a new millennium brings with it concerns about “the end times,” judgment, death and the afterlife. German theologian Jürgen Moltmann, however, looks toward the last days with optimism rather than dread. That message of hope, delivered through his book “The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology,” has earned Moltmann the 2000 Louisville Grawemeyer […]

1998 – Charles Marsh

The violent struggle over civil rights in 1964 Mississippi shows what happens when God’s will is interpreted through radically different filters of beliefs. In his book “God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights,” Charles Marsh takes an in-depth look at one historical moment when those beliefs clashed violently. Marsh’s work has earned the […]

1997 – Larry L. Rasmussen

Larry L. Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, won the 1997 award for the book Earth Community, Earth Ethics. The $150,000 Grawemeyer prize is presented jointly by the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville. Rasmussen shows through the book how the current environmental […]

1995 – Diana L. Eck

An author who interpreted her experiences as a Christian encountering God through dialogue with other major world religions has earned the 1995 award. The award is given jointly by the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville. Diana L. Eck, a Harvard University professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, won for her […]

1994 – Stephen L. Carter

A law professor whose book asks hard questions about how separation of church and state often dismisses the importance of religious beliefs has earned the 1994 award. Yale University professor Stephen L. Carter, renowned for his study of constitutional law, won the award for his 1993 book The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and […]

1993 – Elizabeth A. Johnson

An author whose work explores feminist theological interpretation has earned the 1993 award. Elizabeth A. Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, won the award for her book, She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse. In the book, which was published in 1992, Johnson addresses a critical […]

1992 – Ralph Harper

The 1992 winner Ralph Harper, wrote an insightful and timely essay on the meaning and experience of “presence.” It is timely because, as Harper sees so clearly, ours is an age longing for deep and lasting relationships, between people and with divine transcendence. Intuitively, we know the importance and personal significance of being present for […]