Marty, Martin (Emil)(1928– ) Protestant church historian; born in West Point, Nebr. He had extensive training in theology before taking a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Ordained in the Lutheran Church in 1952, he held pastorates in Illinois; in 1963 he became professor of the history of modern Christianity at Chicago. He was one of the editors of the liberal Christian Century (1956–85) and lectured widely in Roman Catholic and evangelical circles. His extensive list of publications includes A Short History of Christianity (1959), Righteous Empire (1980), and Protestantism in the United States (1985).
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