Krista Tippett

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Krista Tippett is host of the radio program Speaking of Faith and author of Einstein's God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit. In October she will give the Christian Century lecture.

My grandfather was the Reverend Calvin Titus Perkins, known as C.T. He was a Southern Baptist evangelist—a traveling preacher in Oklahoma, the former Indian Territory. He arrived in a covered wagon as a very young boy, and the famous Oklahoma dust seems embedded in the black-and-white photos I’ve seen of him. He was a man of passion but also a lover of order, a believer in rules. The bare bones Calvinism that flourished on the frontier offered him not only a faith but a way out of chaos and poverty.
July 27, 2010