Charles Marshis Professor of Religious Studies and Director of The Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1989. The Project on Lived Theology is a research community that seeks to understand the social consequences of religious beliefs.

Shortly after publishingReclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology(Oxford, 1994), Marsh began considering the religious and moral paradoxes of his southern Protestant upbringing. He was struck by the complex ways theological commitments and convictions came into dramatic conflict in the Civil Rights Movement in the American South. The religious beliefs and social practices of ordinary people of faith illuminated a new way of writing theology for him, the first fruit being God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights(Princeton, 1997) which won the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

His memoir,The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South(Basic Books, 2001), is a coming of age account of a minister’s son in a small Mississippi town that was home to the Christian terrorist organization called the White Knight of the Ku Klux Klan.

His 2005 book,The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today(Basic Books), developed a new interpretation of the Civil Rights Movement based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s remark that “the end [of the movement] is not the protest, the end is not the boycott; the end is redemption, reconciliation and the creation of beloved community.”

In 2007, Marsh wrote a theological analysis of the Christian Right’s support of the presidency of George W. Bush entitledWayward Christian Soldiers: Freeing the Gospel from Political Captivity(Oxford, June 2007), which was excerpted in theNew York Times, theInternational Herald Tribuneand theBoston Globe.

Marsh is delighted to have recently co-authored a book with his lifelong friend, the civil rights activistJohn M. Perkins.Welcoming Justice: God's Movement Toward Beloved Community, was published by InterVarsity Press in Fall 2009 and was based on lectures in the Teaching Communities Conference at the Duke Divinity SchoolCenter for Reconciliation.

Marsh is the recipient of a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellows in the Creative Arts and served in the spring of 2010 as the Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow at the American Academy of Berlin.

Marsh is currently writingStrange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to be published by Knopf (New York) and Ullstein (Berlin).