Publication Date: July 2009
Publisher: National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
Author(s): Michael Gottsegen
Research Area: Culture and religion; Politics
Keywords: Political Behavior; Public Opinion; Church and State
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.