FAITH AND POLITICS (RSCE-4159)
(09/07/2021-12/17/2021)

Course Memo

This course is designed to help students think more deeply about the relationship between faith and politics. Questions include: How ought the religious convictions of citizens shape their political views and activity in a pluralistic society? What does religious freedom entail? Does religious language belong in public? What is relationship between morality and law? Why are people of faith so divided on political issues? Is there any hope for common ground? Our focus will be on Christianity in in the U.S., with some attention to the broader global, interreligious context of contemporary political theology. Format is seminar-style with minimal lecture. Student evaluation based on weekly reading response papers, participation, presentation, and a final research project. [15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]