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Ted A. Smith is Professor of Preaching and Ethics at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. He works at the intersections of practical and political theology, paying special attention to the forms preaching and worship take in late modern societies. Smith's first book, The New Measures, engages contemporary debates about religion and democracy through a theological history of revival practices. The Christian Century hailed it as one of the best books of its year. His latest book, Weird John Brown, works through memories of the radical abolitionist to get at basic questions about religion, politics and violence.

Smith works especially in the places where church and academy meet. He is currently directing a grant from the Lilly Endowment that convenes scholars from a diverse array of institutions to think together about the purposes of theological education.

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