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Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3858)
Alan Wolfe (Project Director: March 2008 to April 2016)
Religious Diversity and the Common Good

A six-week summer seminar for fifteen college and university teachers to explore the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal dimensions of American religious diversity.

"Religious diversity and the Common Good" proposes to bring together college teachers in the humanities and social sciences to discuss the challenges of maintaining political liberty in a society in which the diversity of religious worldviews makes it difficult to point to a common morality. The seminar content can be divided into four areas of inquiry: philosophical questions, such as whether there exists a common morality that is neutral between religions or between religion and non-belief; historical questions, seeking to understand the transformation of America from a society shaped by a Protestant morality into a society of widespread religious diversity and moral disagreement; social science questions, such as the ways in which American culture can influence American religion; and legal questions, such as whether these transformations in religious experience have, or should, shape our understanding of the free exercise and establishment clauses of the 1st Amendment.

Project fields:
Political Science, General

Seminars for Higher Education Faculty

Education Programs

$191,736 (approved)
$190,009 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 9/30/2009