More to Religion Than You Think.
More to America, Too.
Art Farnsley is Research Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.   From 2007-2016 he was Executive Officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.  

His books (plus a few articles) on religion's social impact are available on this site.

Art is checking off items on his bucket list. He's visited 25 countries with his wife and kids.  His "done" list includes the Great Wall, Taj Majal, Tikal Mayan pyramids in Guatemala, Parthenon, Mycenae, Coliseum, Vatican, Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, and the Outer Hebrides. He's ridden the night train from Moscow to St Petersburg, climbed on a glacier in Alaska, dove the Caribbean, and caught a marlin in Puerto Rico.  He's seen grizzlies in Alaska, big horn sheep while hiking in the Rockies, elk while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and alligators while canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. He's also canoed the Boundary Waters, rambled in the Himalayas, and  viewed  three 1-horned rhinos from the back of an elephant in West  Bengal.  He's been to the Super Bowl  and the Final Four (twice), watched cremations at dawn on the Ganges, and ridden around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 180 mph.   And yes, he was at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium in 1985. 

He collects folk art and is proud to have met Howard Finster, R.A. Miller, Tubby Brown and Missionary Mary Proctor on collecting trips. He's also 30-time knife and tomahawk champion of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association

Art's PhD came from Emory University after an M.A.R. from Yale and a B.A. from Wabash College He now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Gail.  His older daughter, Sarah, is a professional ballet dancer in London, and his younger daughter, Caleigh, works in Lithuania.

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