A few weeks back we started reading Kenneth Woodward’s Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama. Woodward was the longtime religion editor for Newsweek magazine. The book makes for excellent table reading. We had previously read another book of his, Making Saints, some twenty-five years ago.
I have had the pleasure of meeting more than one author of a book that we have read at table. This week I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Woodward on campus. By pure coincidence he was speaking here as part of an academic conference on The Year of the Evangelical. I was actually the monk assigned to table reading, so both on Thursday evening and Friday noon, I read for the community from Woodward’s book, and then went down to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and had a conversation with the author about what he had written about the Berrigan brothers and Richard Neuhaus.