America’s Public Bible: A Virtual Discussion with Lincoln Mullen

Lincoln Mullen
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1-2 pm EDT

This event will be held live on Zoom with an interactive Q&A



Join us for a virtual discussion with Lincoln Mullen to celebrate the release of America’s Public Bible: A Commentary, an interactive scholarly work that uncovers the history of the Bible in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States.

Throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, newspapers in the United States—even newspapers which were not published by a religious denomination or organization—made frequent recourse to the Bible. Newspapers printed sermons and Sunday school lessons. They featured jokes whose punchlines required familiarity with the Bible and aired political commentary that cited the Bible on all sides of a given issue.

By identifying and studying quotations in American newspapers, America’s Public Bible offers a commentary on how the Bible was used in public life, uncovering trends and patterns that would be invisible to a single scholar’s reading of these documents.

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Lincoln Mullen is an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, as well as the director of computational history at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Mullen is a historian of American religion, and his digital historical work has also taken him into U.S. legal history and the history of early American elections. At George Mason he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on digital history, as well as courses on American religion and the history of Christianity.