Politics and Religion: A Catholic’s Guide to Faith and Public Life

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Length: 5 hrs and 1 mins
Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology in California
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Politics and Religion: A Catholic’s Guide to Faith and Public Life

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 5 hrs and 1 mins
Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology in California
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

What is the relationship between our faith and public life?

Join top moral theologian and award-winning professor Thomas Massaro, S.J., in exploring the fascinating intersection of personal faith and our work, family, and political lives.

Most of the Founding Fathers seemed to assume that private religiosity could be sealed off neatly from the institutions and affairs of state, but history has demonstrated otherwise. Many of the crucial reforms our nation has undergone, from the abolition of slavery to the achievement of civil rights for all, have been inspired by religious sentiment and activism.

This series offers a wide perspective on the role of religion in our public life. You will examine the challenge of secularization, the workings of civil society, and the pattern of thought called civil religion. You’ll explore precisely how religious voices make themselves heard in the public arena. You will also consider controversial issues such as whether America is actually experiencing a culture war and the possible merits of faith-based initiatives for the provision of public social services.

You will come away with an appreciation of the complex relationships among public theology, American culture, and a

What is the relationship between our faith and public life?

Join top moral theologian and award-winning professor Thomas Massaro, S.J., in exploring the fascinating intersection of personal faith and our work, family, and political lives.

Most of the Founding Fathers seemed to assume that private religiosity could be sealed off neatly from the institutions and affairs of state, but history has demonstrated otherwise. Many of the crucial reforms our nation has undergone, from the abolition of slavery to the achievement of civil rights for all, have been inspired by religious sentiment and activism.

This series offers a wide perspective on the role of religion in our public life. You will examine the challenge of secularization, the workings of civil society, and the pattern of thought called civil religion. You’ll explore precisely how religious voices make themselves heard in the public arena. You will also consider controversial issues such as whether America is actually experiencing a culture war and the possible merits of faith-based initiatives for the provision of public social services.

You will come away with an appreciation of the complex relationships among public theology, American culture, and a philosophy of government that emphasizes the pursuit of the common good. By surveying the major features of the church-state landscape today, you will assess the potential for constructive engagement of faith and public life in the years ahead.

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Thomas Massaro, S.J., Ph.D., is Professor of Moral Theology at the Santa Clara University Jesuit School of Theology (JST) in Berkeley, CA. He resumed classroom teaching in the fall of 2017 after serving for four years as Dean of JST.

Fr. Massaro entered the Society of Jesus immediately upon graduation from Amherst College. He earned his doctorate in Christian social ethics from Emory University and taught for 15 years at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and its predecessor, Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge.

His teaching and research interests include Catholic social ethics, theories of economic justice, sociology of religion and the history of Christian political thought. Besides teaching courses on many aspects of Catholic social teaching and the role of religion in public life, Fr. Massaro seeks to maintain a commitment to hands-on social activism. He is a founding member of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice as well as an active member of two professional societies: the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Fr. Massaro is the author of Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action, originally published in 2000 and now in its third edition. From 2009 to 2013, he wrote a column in America magazine.

  • Faith and Public Life: Surveying the Landscape
  • The History of Public Religion in the United States
  • The Challenge of Secularization
  • Civil Religion in America
  • The Workings of Civil Society
  • Religion and Issues of Constitutional Law
  • Two Architects of Public Theology: John Courtney Murray and Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Religious Advocacy on Public Issues Today
  • The Debate over Culture Wars
  • The Role of Conscience in Voting and Other Political Behavior
  • Styles of Religious Discourse in Public
  • Closing Synthesis: Promoting the Common Good

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