Hubert G. Locke
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Religion and Public Policy, Locke TTh 2:30-3:20;W 2:30-3:50 This course examines the intersection between two of the oldest and most enduring value systems in human experience: religion and religious values with the arena of politics and issues of public policy. Its primary purpose is to explore the tensions that arise out of the clash between what essentially are two systems of belief and authority in modern societies, both of which lay claim to the allegiance of citizens and both of which engage in some form of regulating the behavior of individuals. Although this tension is manifest in both Western and Eastern religious traditions and can be seen in nearly all modern political systems, the focus of this course will be on the particularities of this phenomenon in American society - past and present.
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