Melissa Rogers: Faith in American Public Life

Exploring the role of religion in the public square.

Faith in American Public Life
(Baylor University Press, 2019)

WHO: Melissa Rogers, visiting professor and practioner-in-residence at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

SHE SAYS: “The American traditions of religious freedom and pluralism have played key roles in shaping our country for the better, and they should continue to do so. The only questions is how we should move forward, and that is a question candidates should answer.”

THE BIG IDEA: This book explores the role of religion in public life and focuses on principles that define the relationship between government and religion.

THE PROGRESSION:
In 10 chapters the author tackles topics related to the relationship between the U.S. government and religion, such as religious expressions on government property, religion and the U.S. constitution, faith and federal money, faith in the workplace, and more.

“Studies demonstrate that the most important factor in creating positive views of people of other faiths and beliefs is actually knowing individuals of other religions and beliefs.”

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