THEO 222. Religion and Politics

Should religion be kept out of politics, or does religion have a vital role to play in political life?  This course explores the influence of religion in American politics from the Plymouth Fathers to the present, with special attention to the contemporary scene. Issues to be considered include the changing place of religion in American political history, the meaning and interpretation of the religion clause of the First Amendment, the tensions between majority and minority religious and political ideologies in America, the secularist impulse in American political life, and the rise of the “Religious Right.”
Offered: Regularly
Credits: 3
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