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FS-50179-08Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyBoston CollegeReligious Diversity and the Common Good10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009$191,736.00Alan Wolfe   Boston CollegeChestnut HillMA02467-3800USA2008Political Science, GeneralSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs19173601900090

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.