RNA PORTRAIT 022 091711 TR (5)

RNA PORTRAIT 022 091711 TR (5)

I have written blog posts on Jesus even though I am not a Christian.

I have written blog posts on the Qu’ran and the Book of Mormon and I am neither Muslim nor LDS.

I have written blog posts on Billy Graham and Richard Land and the Southern Baptist  Convention but I don’t belong to the SBC.

I am no None but I have written blog posts on Christopher Hitchens.

I have written blog posts on Popes Benedict XVI and Francis and Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Myers and Bishop Finn and Bill Donohue and didn’t mention that I am a Jew. But Donohue did.

I co-authored a book on economics even though I got a C in Economics 1.

Fortunately my father, the other co-author, had a Ph.D. in economics.

We also wrote a book on the American Establishment, of which I was not a member. Or maybe I was.

I have written blog posts on the sociology of religion but Dad, may he rest in peace, would have killed me if I’d gotten a degree in sociology.

I have written books on religion in America and I don’t have degrees in anything to do with America.

My Ph.D. is in medieval history. I also have a bachelor’s degree. In medieval history and literature.

When I was a journalist I was not an expert in anything. When I became a professor I became an expert. In religion in America.

Bill Reilly once interviewed me on Fox News.

Fox News has made Reza Aslan’s book on Jesus number 1 on Amazon.

The next time I write a book, I want to be interviewed by Lauren Green.


Categories: Beliefs

Mark Silk

Mark Silk

Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service


  1. Kevin M. Schultz

    Now, if you and your publishers had only been smart enough to have you go on FOXNEWS.com to say that, right after _Spiritual Politics_ came out, well then you could quit this whole academic “that’s what I do for a living” business and live off your royalties…

  2. Yesterday Josh Marshall also had a helpful rebuttal of the “credential misrepresentation” charge.


  3. Precisely why Mark Silk is so good at what he does is because he clearly recognizes what he is and what he isn’t. And he’s informed enough to intelligently encounter what he isn’t as well as what he is.

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