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Religion and Politics Today: Tearing Down Walls, Building Bridges

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Author(s): Michael Gottsegen

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Politics (Politics)

Keywords: Political Behavior; Public Opinion; Church and State

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author analyzes how religion can work in conjunction with politics in a time of such prevalence of religious pluralism in the U.S. He discusses two different perspectives: the first that religion should be completely separate from the political sphere; the second that religion is another factor that shapes the values and interests of citizens and thus shapes politics. He concludes that religious plurality will benefit society when citizens are no longer discouraged from bringing their religious values into the voting booth, and when religion is seen more as a 'bridge' to connecting with the political world.