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Religion in American Public Life

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American politics and policy ranging from church-state relations to immigration and the environment all have a significant religious dimension. Social and political movements are often motivated by faith or religious identity, and some of the most contentious public debates of our time revolve around moral beliefs. These resources address the changing role of religion in American public life.

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Shaun Casey

Walsh School of Foreign Service

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Paul Elie

Senior Fellow

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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American Pilgrimage Project Conversations

The American Pilgrimage Project invites Americans of diverse backgrounds to sit together and talk to each other one-to-one about the role their religious beliefs have played at crucial moments in their lives. The conversations are recorded by

Blog Posts


Article December 3, 2020

Challenges to Religious Freedom in the USA: Some Lessons from Global Crises

Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., considers international challenges to religious freedom to show that religious freedom controversies in the United States call both religious communities and those with secular worldviews to recognize that social unity and respect for freedom should go together.


February 24, 2021

COVID Vaccination Challenges: Ethical Imperatives and Local Realities (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes

February 3, 2021

Catholicism, Joe Biden, and U.S. Politics (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes

January 27, 2021

Is America’s Religious Soft Power Effective? (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes