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Whitworth Professor’s Expert Analysis Featured in "Time" Magazine

March 20, 2023

An op-ed piece by Aaron Griffith, Whitworth assistant professor of modern history, about a recent worship service at Asbury University in Kentucky will be featured in the March 27/April 3 issue of Time magazine. 

The service took place inside the university’s chapel on Feb. 8 and lasted for days, attracting national media coverage. On the heels of that event, students at other universities followed suit. In the Time piece (already available on, Griffith weighs in on what could be at the heart of these so-called “revivals,” the interpretations of these services throughout history and the role they could be serving now for many, including members of the post-COVID generation.  

Griffith’s work has appeared in popular publications like The Washington Post, Religion & Politics and Religion News Service. He has been quoted on issues relating to religion and criminal justice in publications like The Atlantic and Christianity Today

“Aaron Griffith is an important and profound public intellectual, and he harnesses his training and expertise in the service of the public good,” says John Pell, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Aaron’s writing is accessible and eloquent and calls readers to empathize with the other, a quality that much popular press lacks, but for which our culture is in desperate need."

Griffith is currently working on a book on the religious history of American policing. His first book, God’s Law and Order: The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America, was published in 2020 and won the “Best Book in History & Biography” award from Christianity Today in 2021. 

Griffith is a fellow in the Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative at the Public Religion Research Institute. He is the recipient of the 2021 Emerging Public Intellectual Award, hosted by Redeemer University and sponsored by the Acton Institute, Cardus, the Center for Public Justice, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and the Henry Institute at Calvin University. 

Griffith received his master of divinity and doctor of theology degrees from Duke Divinity School and previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 


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