HDS 2524

Religion and American Public Life

Mara Willard


This course is designed to introduce students to a range of issues relating to the place of religion in American public life. The course will survey historical, constitutional, philosophical, theological, and practical issues in the relation between democratic polity and religious belief and practice. By hosting leaders in public policy and social change movements, we will consider how religion and public life are best studied when theory and practice are put in relation to one another. Students whose work is focused primarily on matters of policy and practice will be challenged to consider important philosophical and theological debates. Those whose interests lie in the theoretical realm will be asked to bring their interests to bear on matters of policy. We hope to model a community of discourse in which communication across professional, disciplinary, and practical divisions becomes an integral part of every student's education. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1550


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

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