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Where do young people come down on questions of faith, values, and public life? How do they relate their values to public policy issues including education, economic inequality, and the environment? These questions, critically important for the 2012 election, are at the center of a campus conversation being organized by the Berkley Center and Georgetown University. This blog features an ongoing conversation about these issues between students selected as Millennial Values Fellows through a national competition. You can read and comment on their blogs here.

To learn more about the project, visit the Campus Conversation on Values page.


Millennials on Social Media and Politics

November 15, 2012

Millennials on Social Issues and Diversity

November 12, 2012

Hira Baig (Rice) on Why the Presidential Election Matters to Millennials

November 7, 2012

Millennials on Religion and Interfaith Work

November 7, 2012

Ryan Price (Drake) on E Pluribus Duo

November 6, 2012

Mohammad Usman (DePauw) on Unpredictable Millennials

November 5, 2012

Millennials on Affirmative Action Policy

November 3, 2012

Seth Warner (Vassar) on What Happens as the "God Gap" Widens

November 2, 2012

Josina De Raadt (Dordt) on How Social Media Is Like Wii Bowling

October 31, 2012

Zachary Yentzer (Arizona State) on the Next Greatest Generation

October 29, 2012

Brice Ezell (George Fox) on Post-Racial America? Race, Millennials, and the 2012 Election

October 25, 2012

Tyler Bishop (Vanderbilt) on a Future of Hashtags #whatitmeansforus

October 23, 2012

Brice Ezell (George Fox) on How the People Can Heal a “Divided,” Partisan Nation

October 4, 2012

Hira Baig (Rice) on Religion and American Democracy

October 4, 2012

Tyler Bishop (Vanderbilt) on How It’s All About Relatability: Voter Turnout

October 3, 2012

Josina De Raadt (Dordt) on Mistaking Politics for a Hollywood Blockbuster

October 2, 2012

Mohammad Usman (DePauw) on the Internet Solution

October 1, 2012

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World Values Survey

Corbin Beastrom (Monmouth College) on Faith and Values


March 26, 2012

Faith is not the only sure foundation for values in personal and public life; however, it is an excellent medium for achieving these ends and can harmoniously existence with agnostic or atheists perspectives. Since its conception in 1776 the United States has been a melting pot for immigrants fleeing religious persecution or a lack of opportunities. The culmination of their varying beliefs was a welcomed by the founding founders as they professed the importance of religious tolerance and social understanding. Today, over two hundred years later, this diversity and open mindedness remains a hallmark and a tremendous asset for the United States.
Faced with economic uncertainty, discord in the political discourse, environmental degradation, social inequality, and tumultuous foreign affairs, America’s ability to respond to these challenges will determine its success in the years to come. Adequately addressing adversity will become the responsibility of America’s leaders, policy makers, and citizens. Comprehensive and cohesive action will be a necessity if America wants to remain the land of the free and the home of opportunity.

The solutions to these problems will require the critical thinking and attention of a menagerie of individuals. A scientists, priest, congressman, professor, financier, or student will not be able to solve them on their own—they will need to work together. The compilation of their individual perspectives and unique experiences will afford them with a constellation of knowledge capable of grappling with the problems of the 21st century.

Though faith is a wonderful avenue for the formation of good citizens adopting an absolutist perspective on it, such as the one stated in the prompt, will hinder progress towards the common good. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty Gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Such benevolent tolerance in the private sphere continues to advantageously shaped public life. By embracing Jefferson’s message America recognized the importance of everyone’s beliefs, and in the midst of tumultuous times tapping into all of their wisdom will be the superlative means for preserving the sanctity of the nation’s “pockets” and the stability of the country’s “legs.”