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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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Paul Elie

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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

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April 18, 2023

A Conversation with Novelist Phil Klay (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

March 16, 2023

Christian Nationalism and the Borders of Political Community (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 3 minutes

February 7, 2023

Justice in Housing: A Conversation with HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 8 minutes


Book February 1, 2022

Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue

In this book, Senior Fellow Terrence L. Johnson and Georgetown colleague Jacques Berlinerblau explore a mystery: Why aren't Blacks and Jews presently united in their efforts to combat white supremacy?

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