Below, listen to a public lecture by John Torpey, given at Columbia University on April 11, 2013.

The distinguished British sociologist of religion David Martin has argued, above all on the basis of the global spread of Pentecostalism, that we are living through a period comparable in significance to the Protestant Reformation. This talk sought to evaluate that claim by examining a number of other major “points of departure” in human history, most of them associated with the birth of major world religions.  Professor Torpey identified patterns in these other episodes that could help us set our own time in a broader perspective and make better sense of it. Find more information here.