Global Thinker Robert Wright to lecture on best-selling book, “The Evolution of God”


New York Times best-selling author Robert Wright will draw from his book, "The Evolution of God," when he speaks on the Doane College campus in Crete and First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln as part of the Otis Young Lecture series on Religion and Ethics.

Wright's lecture at Doane is scheduled for November 4 at 11 a.m. in Room CM02 of the Communications Building, and will be open to the public at no cost. Wright will also host a lecture, followed by a book signing, at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, 2000 D St., on November 4 at 7 p.m. To register for the First-Plymouth lecture (there is a suggested $5 donation), call 476-7550 or e-mail

In the introduction of his book Wright asks, "Can religions in the modern world reconcile themselves to one another, and can they reconcile themselves to science?" Drawing on the histories and scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Wright will reveal the key to bringing out the best in each religion and show that all three are capable of evolving to help achieve a cohesive global society.

Wright's previous books include "The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life" (named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best 10 books of the year) and "Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny." His writing has earned him the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Wright is a finalist for the 2010 General Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize for "The Evolution of God" and was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. He has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and many other periodicals.

Wright is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and editor-in-chief of, which he co-founded. He also serves as a contributor to The Opinionator, an exclusive online commentary page from The New York Times.

Wright's visit is part of the "Otis Young Lecture on Ethics and Religion," sponsored by Doane and First-Plymouth. The series, established in 2006, invites a scholar to address current ethical issues and/or religious traditions. It honors the late Rev. Dr. Otis Young's 35 years of ministry at First-Plymouth Church, his service to the community, and his years of service on Doane College's Board of Trustees.

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