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THE 568 Politics and Religious Traditions in the USA

Religious beliefs have historically played an important role in American political, economic, and social realities. This course studies several key aspects of the relationship between religion and society, as well as between the institutions of church and state. It also examines the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic tradition on responsible politics and the role of religion in contemporary American public life. Sources will include sociological, political, ethical, and theological analyses, as well as Roman Catholic teaching such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship