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Prof. Campbell Contributes Chapter to “Speaking Words of Wisdom: The Beatles and Religion”

Kenneth L. Campbell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of History and Anthropology, authored a chapter in the recently published book, “Speaking Words of Wisdom: The Beatles and Religion.” The book offers a comprehensive exploration of the Beatles’ connection to religion, drawing on philosophy, cultural studies, music history, and religious studies.

Campbell wrote the third chapter titled, “The Religious Sensibility of Paul McCartney,” which explores McCartney’s evolving religious perspective and serves as an introduction to Part Two, “The Beatles as Individuals.”

“‘Speaking Words of Wisdom: The Beatles and Religion’” brings together diverse perspectives on how one of the most influential bands in history intersected with themes of faith and spirituality,” Campbell said. “Contributing the chapter was a deeply rewarding experience, allowing me to explore the nuanced ways McCartney’s music reflects his spiritual journey. This book highlights the profound and often overlooked connections between popular culture and religious thought, offering readers new insights into the enduring legacy of The Beatles.”

In addition to discussing McCartney’s religious sensibility, Campbell examines his fear of death and general discomfort with the topic.

Campbell has taught multiple courses on the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen at Monmouth University, as well as Medieval Europe, postwar Britain and Ireland, the Reformation, and the Renaissance.

“Every history program really needs a ‘Renaissance scholar,’ a professor whose intellectual curiosity is wide and ever-growing: that’s Ken Campbell. This latest chapter combines his knowledge of 20th century popular music with his sense of how religion has informed our culture over the long haul,” said Christopher DeRosa, Ph.D., chair of the Department of History and Anthropology.