The Negative & Positive Effects of Religion

As someone who is continuously critiquing contemporary religious institutions in the United States (and across the globe), I find it healthy to counter my disillusionment with most religious organizations by working towards positive interfaith collaborative efforts.  Whereas, this is my objective, I will be co-teaching a course this semester on the very topic of interfaith collaboration.

The course is utilizing Eboo Patel’s work Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America as its primary text. Patel’s insights should provide keen insights from a practitioner’s perspective.  Additionally, we will be discussing more theoretically the role of religion in the public sphere.  Authors include Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and Cornell West.  I’ll be posting some updates in regarding the topic here.  Stay tuned.