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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

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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 September 10, 2020

The Buddy System for Political Dialogue

Writing in the "Catholic Sentinel," Senior Research Fellow Amy Uelmen considers political polarization from a Catholic perspective in advance of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.


September 22, 2020

After the Last Border (Video)

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September 17, 2020

The Ethics and Politics of Guantánamo Bay (Video)

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September 15, 2020

The Story of Faith and Black Power in Cairo, Illinois (Video)

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