Upcoming Events:


February 16, 2016

Discussion of Selected Works of Diana Butler Bass


In connection with the upcoming lectures of Diana Butler Bass, one of the nation’s finest writers on American religion and the future of the church, ASTL is sponsoring a book discussion on Tuesday, February 16th, at 6:30 p.m., at Boulevard Baptist Church’s Christian Activities Center (700 Boulevard, Anderson, South Carolina 29621). Peter Cohen, an ASTL board member, will lead the discussion and focus attention on two of Dr. Bass’ recent books: Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution (2015) and Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (2012).


2016 March 4-5 – Diana Butler Bass


Grounded: Finding God in the World

Through a series of thoughtful lectures and engaging Q&A sessions, Diana Butler Bass will take us through the process of understanding the transformative time in which we live–“across the bridge” from what has been to what will be.

Gather at Central Presbyterian Church: 1404 N. Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621.

Fri., March 4: 6:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Session I: God in a Post-Religious Time (Coffee & Dessert to follow)

Sat., March 5: 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.
Session II: The Rise of the Mystics
Session III: Religion in America: Decline or Transformation?

LUNCHA limited number of lunches will be available for $10 each.
Reserve your lunch online today at the Foothills Presbytery site (Click here).

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Session IV: The Democratization of Religion

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution (2015); Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (2012); A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award; and Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006), which was named as one of the best religion books of the year and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY. More information about Diana Butler Bass can be found at dianabutlerbass.com.

The Anderson School of Theology for Laypersons and Foothills Presbytery are co-sponsoring the event.


2016 October 16 – James Carroll



James Carroll’s Boston Globe columns won the 2012 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. James Carroll is the author of eleven novels and eight works of non- fiction, including Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age; the National Book Award winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine’s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. He lectures widely, both in the United States and abroad. He lives in Boston with his wife, the novelist Alexandra Marshall. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at New York University. 

See jamescarroll.net for more information.