Religion and Public Life
Articles by Bruce T. Murray
The United States combines high religiosity with political civility, but not without pitfalls.
Public intellectual Rowland A. Sherrill offers pointers for understanding the “religious creature.”
Rowland A. Sherrill explores the contours of civil religion in America.
The era of the religious right is on the wane, but religion still matters in American politics. A discussion by Trinity College's Mark Silk at a conference sponsored by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Americans' views toward religion vary considerably throughout the different regions of the United States. This discussion provides an overview of America's religious landscape, focusing particularly on the West Coast. Mark Silk of Trinity College and Wade Clark Roof of UCSB lead off the discussion.
R. Drew Smith of Morehouse College discusses the activist and spiritual dimensions of the black church in America.
A primer on the African-American church tradition
Latin Americans are strongly associated with Catholicism, but almost one quarter of all Latinos in the United States are Protestants. Gastón Espinosa of Claremont McKenna College explores religious trends and demographics among Latinos. (Article also cited in America's Religious Awakening: The Enduring Spirituality Of Latinos And Immigrants by Wayne Trujillo.)
Judaism, Christianity and Islam arose in an age of transcendence. Boston University Professor Adam Seligman provides an overview.
Author Robert Wright takes a look at the many facets of God, and correlates the tone of scripture with “events on the ground.” Summary of a presentation June 10, 2009 at the Zócalo forum.
Author Christopher Caldwell takes on the "clash of civilizations," Nov. 19, 2008 at the Zócalo forum.
First Amendment Center Senior Scholar Charles Haynes discusses solutions to the challenge of religious diversity.
Steven Simon of the Council on Foreign Relations offers policy solutions for Europe's immigration-integration challenges.
Boston University Professor Adam Seligman explains why internal conflicts within societies can be even more dangerous than international conflicts and the so-called “clash of civilizations.”
University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Mark Juergensmeyer interviews religious militants around the world and offers insight into their thinking.
Steven Simon of the Council on Foreign Relations explains why Osama bin Laden's words have currency in the Islamic world – with extremists and ordinary Muslims alike.
Experts assess the threats to America’s infrastructure and food supply; and Abraham Sofaer reviews the evolution of the response to terrorism — from criminal law enforcement to national security threat.
An archive of content on the First Amendment. Articles include the Historical Basis for the First Amendment, Faith and Conscience in America, Religion and Public Schools, and the First Amendment defined.