This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
The role of religion in American public life has been important and significant from colonial times, through the writing of the Constitution, and on into modern times. The course will look at the use of religion in political movements and campaigns in American history, the results and consequences of Supreme Court cases over that last two hundred years, and current issues at the intersection of church and state, such as the Hobby Lobby cases, and what are being called "Religious Freedom"' laws in many states. We will also keep an eye on the role of religion in the 2016 election campaign, which will be ongoing during the course.
Reading: Murray, Bruce T., Religious Liberty in America, the First Amendment in Historical and Contemporary Perspective. ISBN: 9781558496385
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.