US Religion and Politics
When have particular religious ideologies been promoted or prevented in American political history, and who has had control of this censorship? What, exactly, do we mean by a “separation of church and state”? In what ways has religion shaped the politics of gender, race, and class? How have Americans dealt historically with their nation’s incredible religious diversity? What is the “proper” relationship between science and religion, or faith and reason? What, in essence, is the relationship between religion and the American government? This class will explore these questions through both a thematic and historical approach. By investigating five topics—American Origins, the Construction of Race, the Media, Visible and Invisible Hands in the American Economy, and War and American Empire—this course will examine the historical narratives necessary to understanding the relationship between religion and politics in the United States.
You'll Walk Away with
- The ability to identify some of the influences of religion on American politics
- A historic overview of the intersection of religion and politics in the United States
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Those with an interest in politics