The Renaissance represents a paradox. On the one hand, it gloried in man and the world. On the other hand, it was the age of Reformation and Counter-Reformation across Europe and European outposts in Asia and the New World. Religion acquired learning, and learning acquired religion in these tumultuous years.
James Heft is Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion at USC and President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. He is an ordained priest in the Society of Mary, and taught extensively at both the high school and university level. He has written and presented extensively on theology and religion in public life. He is currently working on a project for a lecture series and an edited volume on film and religion.