Nebraska Authors

Martin Emil Marty

AKA: Martin E.

Born 1928 West Point, NE (USA)

Martin Emil Marty is the author of more than fifty books on religion in the United States, and the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His work in Lutheran theology and church history broadened into a career that has seen him become one of the most influential historians of modern Christianity, and a world renowned scholar, educator, author, and theologian.

Marty has served as president of the American Academy of Religion, of the American Society of Church History, and of the American Catholic Historical Association. These posts illustrate the breadth of his scholarly influence. At the University of Chicago he taught in the Divinity School, the Department of History, and the Committee on the History of Culture from 1963-1998.

He served as Co-Director of a study of World Fundamentalism, sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and funded by a $2 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1988. The project continued from 1988 to 1994 and led Marty to the study of global inter-religious encounters.

Marty served as a Lutheran pastor in the Chicago area before entering into his career as a scholar.


Places Lived

West Point, NE
Chicago, IL

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Theology; Spirituality; Protestant History; Religion in America; World Religions


Attended Concordia Junior College, Milwaukee, WI
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
AB, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1949
DB, Concordia Seminary, St Louis, MO, 1952
STM, Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, 1954
PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1956


Lutheran Pastor
Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Modern Christianity at University of Chicago
Contributing editor of the Christian Century

Places Worked

Minister at churches in Washington D.C., Bethesda, MD, River Forest, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL
University of Chicago


Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1993
National Book Award for Philosophy and Religion, 1972.
National Humanities Medal
Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
University of Chicago Alumni Medal
Distinguished Service Medal of the Association of Theological Schools
Order of Lincoln Medallion
More than 80 honorary doctorates


American Society of Church History
Society of American Historians
American Antiquarian Society


A Short History of Christianity. 1959.
The New Shape of American Religion. 1959.
American Catholics: A Protestant-Jewish View. 1959. (Contributor)
New Directions in Biblical Thought. 1960. (Editor)
Religion in American Society. 1960. (Contributor)
The Improper Opinion. 1961.
The Infidel. 1961.
Baptism. 1962.
The Place of Bonhoeffer. 1962. (Editor)
A Little Exercise for Young Theologians. 1962. (Editor)
Not Many Wise. 1962. (Contributor)
Cities and Churches. 1962. (Contributor)
The Hidden Discipline. 1963.
Second Chance for American Protestants. 1963
The Outburst That Awaits Us. 1963. (Co-author)
The Religious Press. 1963. (Co-author)
Pen - Ultimates. 1963. (Co-author)
Church Unity and Church Mission. 1963.
Theology in the Life of the Church. 1963. (Contributor)
Babylon By Choice. 1964.
No Ground Underneath Us. 1964. (Editor)
The Death and Birth of the Parish. 1964. (Editor)
Varieties of Unbelief. 1964.
Handbook of Christian Theologians. 1965. (Co-editor)
New Theology No. 1. 1964. (Co-author)
New Theology No. 2. 1965. (Co-author)
New Theology No. 3. 1966. (Co-author)
New Theology No. 4. 1967. (Co-author)
New Theology No. 5. 1968. (Co-author)
What Do We Believe?, The Stance of Religion in America. 1968. (Co-author)
The Search for a Usable Future. 1969.
When True Simplicity Is Gained: Finding Spiritual Clarity in a Complex World. (Co-author with Micah Marty) 1998.
Politics Religion and the Common Good. (Co-author with Jonathan Moore). 2000.

Martin Marty has written and published over 45 books and 425 articles. There are considerable number of titles, all of which can not be
listed here.

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