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Author Kate Bowler: 'We Love Our Certainties, Even If They're Lies'

Feb 25, 2019

Kate Bowler, author of "Everything Happens For A Reason, And Other Lies I've Loved"
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Author Kate Bowler wrote the memoir “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved” after being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at age 35. She speaks in Aspen Tuesday as a part of the Winter Words series from Aspen Words.  


At the time of her diagnosis, Bowler, a divinity scholar at Duke University, specialized in the study of the prosperity gospel, a belief among some Christians that good fortune is a blessing from God and misfortune is a sign of God’s disapproval.


Bowler spoke with arts and culture reporter Christin Kay about why her diagonsis spurred her to write the book and about learning to embrace uncertainty.


Bowler and National Medal for the Humanities recipient Elaine Pagels speak Tuesday at Paepcke Auditorium.