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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

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American Pilgrimage Project Conversations

Drawing on the scholarly resources of Georgetown University and the documentary approach pioneered by StoryCorps, the American Pilgrimage Project invites Americans of diverse backgrounds to sit together and talk to each other one-to-one about theā€¦

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Article May 31, 2016

Engaging Religion in U.S. Foreign Affairs

In this book chapter, Michael Kessler argues that U.S. foreign policy leaders have recently learned to better address the religious dimensions of conflicts, although this change from secularist approaches has perhaps been slower than needed.


September 19, 2017

Charlottesville and Beyond : Bending Toward Justice (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 23 minutes

October 27, 2015

Illiberal Liberalism? The Fate of Religious Freedom in the Public Square (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 35 minutes

October 4, 2012

The Future of American Politics: A Discussion with Millennial Mayors (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 17 minutes