Religion and American Politics

Religion and American Politics AR, ET
Does religion belong in politics? Should religious reasons be permitted in public political debate? Should candidates for office publicly declare their religious beliefs? Are orthodox Christianity, Judaism, and Islam fundamentally incompatible with democratic principles? This course examines these and similar questions regarding the relationship between religion and American democracy. We will study the role religion does in fact play in American politics, but primarily we will ask what role, if any, religion should play in politics. We will consider this last question by consulting a number of important contemporary political philosophers and theologians. (RELI 0190 or RELI 0275 or RELI 0293 or any course in Political Science, Philosophy or American Civilization) 3 hrs. sem.
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RELI 0376

All Sections in Spring 2011

Spring 2011

RELI0376A-S11 Seminar (Davis)