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

The Baptists Want You!

Don’­t take this wrong, but they’­ve hired Eldridge Cleaver to get you.

Preparing the Fatted Calf

America is alive and well at the Houston Livestock Show.

Growing Old at Willie Nelson’s Picnic

What is it like to miss the sexual revolution (and some others) by a mere handful of years?

King of the Hobbyists

What kind of man would establish a museum which exhibits a bottle of dust from the wings of model airplanes and 250,000 three cent stamps?

Semi-Tuft

Forget your Dallas cowboys and your Houston Astros. Texas’ real champions count birds once a year at freeport. They’re not bird watchers, they’re birders. And therein lies a tail.

Sold American!

Selling a herd of prime cattle can be tricky business. And it takes professionals to do it right.

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