Dr. Martin E. Marty joined us as the second annual Thomas H. Lake Lecturer March 10, 2005. His lecture was entitled "The Market and The Donor: Creative Destruction and Creative Construction." In it, "Marty" built on Schumpeter's theory of capitalism as creative destruction and presented a lively yin-yang discussion on religion and giving in today's market-driven economy.
Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught chiefly in the Divinity School for 35 years and where the Martin Marty Center has since been founded to promote "public religion" endeavors. He is a columnist for the Christian Century, on whose staff he has served since 1956 and in which his "M.E.M.O" column appears. He is also editor of the semimonthly Context, a newsletter on religion and culture and a weekly contributor to Sightings, a biweekly, electronic editorial published by the Marty Center.