L57 RelPol 425

Law, Religion, and Politics

Fall 2017, M 2:00–5:00PM

What is the role of religious argument in politics and law?

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What is the role of religious argument in politics and law? What kinds of arguments are advanced, and how do they differ from one another? Are some of these arguments more acceptable than others in a liberal democracy? This course will explore these questions through the work of legal scholars, theologians, and political theorists. Our topics include the nature of violence and coercion in the law, constraints on public reason, the relationship between religion and government, and the nature of religious practice and tradition.

  • Students even remotely interested in the role of religion in politics should consider taking this class, because it definitely has shaped my understanding of religion in the United States and how it relates to the political climate of our time.

    — Fall 2017

  • Students are taken seriously, grapple with interesting and important theory and issues, and get a deep introduction to the field.

    — Fall 2017