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Religion journalist, Furman alum David Gibson to speak on “What Really Matters”

David Gibson

OCTOBER 18, 2011
by Tina Underwood, Media Relations Assistant

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker David Gibson will speak about “What Really Matters?” at Furman University Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel on the Furman campus.

His talk is free and open to the public. The program is part of Furman’s L.D. Johnson Memorial Lecture Series and is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplain.

Gibson, a convert to Catholicism and a 1981 graduate of Furman University, is a national reporter for Religion News Service based in Washington. Among other journalism prizes, Gibson won the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, the top honor for journalists covering religion in the secular press. In November 2010 he received the top prize for opinion writing from the American Academy of Religion.

He is author of The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful are Shaping a New American Catholicism, a book about the sexual abuse scandal among the clergy. Gibson’s most recent book is a biography of the current pope, The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World. He is currently working on a book about conversion.

Gibson has co-written documentaries about early Christian and Jewish history for CNN, and has several film projects in development. He has written for leading newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Boston magazine, Fortune, Commonweal, America and Ladies Home Journal.

For more information about the event, contact the Chaplain’s office at 864-294-2133.

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