HDS 2312

Public Religion and Civil Society: Learning from Indian and American Experiences

Patrick Gnanapragasam


This seminar course seeks to explore the interface between public religion and civil society, as it emerges in North American and Indian contexts. After taking a look at the history of the concepts, the course will analytically focus upon the contemporary scenario and study deeply the dynamics, features and issues attendant upon the relationship between public religion and civil society in these two countries, by way of learning from one another. It will also discuss the implications of the interface for practical theology. It will help the students of theology, religious studies, ethics and social sciences to gain deeper insights into the challenges and prospects of relating religion to civil society in democratic polities at the era of globalization.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Thurs 2pm-4pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
Language Course Designation(s) None