Last updated on: 5/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr., PhD Biography

Title:
William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies at Georgia State University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“As a child, I recall being especially perplexed by one phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance: ‘one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ I was never quite sure if God or the nation was supposed to be ‘indivisible.’ The slow growth to adulthood has taught me that neither God nor nation is necessarily indivisible, and that increasingly in this country, God has actually been used to divide the nation.”

“Know-Nothing Christians Irate Over Obama Comments,” Religion Dispatches, Apr. 15, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, July 2005-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, July 2005-present
  • Associate Professor of Ethics and Culture, Claremont School of Theology and Graduate University, Jan. 2004-May 2005
  • Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Program in the Social Foundations of Education, University of Georgia, Spring 2002, Fall 2003
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, Ionian University (Corfu, Greece), Apr. 2002-June 2002, Apr. 2003
  • Assistant Professor of Humanities, Tift School of Education, Mercer University, 2000-2004
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Kenan Ethics Center, Duke University, 1999-2000
Education:
  • PhD, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, 1990
  • MA, Theology and Ethics, Duke University, 1985
  • AB, Religion, Duke University, 1983
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US President Say "So Help Me God" with a Hand on the Bible When Taking Office?