William Martin

William Martin is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rice University and Chavanne Senior Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute, where he directs two programs, Religion and Public Policy and Drug Policy. After graduating from Abilene Christian University and Harvard Divinity School, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1969. During his 45 years at Rice, he has received numerous teaching awards, including a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is the author of seven books, including A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story; regarded as the authoritative biography of the famed evangelist; With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America, the companion volume to a PBS mini-series of the same name; and My Prostate and Me: Dealing with Prostate Cancer. In addition to nearly 90 articles in Texas Monthly, beginning in 1974, his writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s, and Esquire, as well as in professional journals. His reviews of religious services throughout the state (1979 to 1983 and 2006 to 2008) were the subject of a 60 Minutes segment in 1979. Bill and his wife, Patricia, divide their time between Houston and Wimberley.

Stories

A Joyful Noise

At St. Patrick’s in San Antonio they sing and dance—during mass. At Lakewood Assembly of God in Dallas they sing and sing and sing …

A Joyful Noise

At St. Patrick’s in San Antonio they sing and dance—during mass. At Lakewood Assembly of God in Dallas they sing and sing and sing …

Hearts and Minds

Welcome to Dallas’ first Baptist, the largest Baptist church in the world, with a pastor and a service to match; a more modest path to religious enlightenment leads you to Houston’s Emerson Unitarian.

Hearts and Minds

Welcome to Dallas’ first Baptist, the largest Baptist church in the world, with a pastor and a service to match; a more modest path to religious enlightenment leads you to Houston’s Emerson Unitarian.

Sausage and Salvation

A Lutheran pastor in New Braunfels challenges his congregation; a Methodist minister in Dallas soothes his.

Sausage and Salvation

A Lutheran pastor in New Braunfels challenges his congregation; a Methodist minister in Dallas soothes his.

The Lord is in His Temple

Congregation Beth Israel in Houston remembers the Holocaust quietly; Allandale Baptist Church in Austin isn’t quiet about anything.

Count Your Blessings

Will the Episcopalians inherit the Methodists and Baptists? Will the Pentecostals inherit some tact?

Count Your Blessings

Will the Episcopalians inherit the Methodists and Baptists? Will the Pentecostals inherit some tact?

In the Beginning

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; we chasten and hasten to tell you all about it.

In the Beginning

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; we chasten and hasten to tell you all about it.

Heavenly Hosts

Forget the church, forget the steeple, turn on the tube to see all the people.

Gifts from My Father

All his life, the son learned from the father, but the most important lesson came at the end.

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