About the Center

We are a dedicated group of scholars and professionals working to support outstanding analysis of the historical and contemporary intertwinings of religion and politics. Our aim is to educate students and the public through our courses, events, and publications, while modeling discussion and debate that values each person’s humanity as the cornerstone of a productive democracy. 

Fall 2024 Course Highlight

Spiritual But Not Religious: The Politics of American Spirituality

This seminar focuses on the formation of “spirituality” in American culture from the Transcendentalist world of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman on through more recent expressions of the “spiritual-but-not-religious” sensibility.

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Recent News

John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics Awards Two Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2024-2025

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A Time of Transition at Religion & Politics

By Marie Griffith

The online journal takes a publishing hiatus.

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