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Name:  Randall Balmer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: October 22, 1954 in Chicago


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Randall Balmer was born in Chicago.

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Randall Balmer is an author, professor, lecturer, documentary filmmaker & episcopal priest. He is a professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University, and visiting professor at Yale University Divinity School. He earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985. He has been a visiting professor at Dartmouth College and at Rutgers, Princeton, Drew, Yale and Northwestern universities and at Union Theological Seminary, where he is also adjunct professor of church history. He has also taught in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.He is editor-at-large for ''Christianity Today'', and an Episcopal priest. His commentaries on religion in America have appeared in ''Sojourners'', ''The Nation'', the ''New York Times'', and in newspapers across the country. He regularly appears on television and radio to discuss contemporary religious issues in America. Balmer has published many books including, ''Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical's Lament'' and ''Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America'', which was made into a three-part documentary for PBS and was nominated for an Emmy for script-writing. He currently resides in Woodbury, Connecticut.

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