Toward Understanding American Culture and Religion:
Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Faith and Flag, Fitting In and Standing Out
with Dr. Walter Wagner
January 24 – March 7, 2019
Religion is basic to American culture and values. From colonial times to the present, most Americans link being religious with being moral, patriotic and “Christian.” Whether one emigrated to or was born in the USA, whether one is religious or not, the nation has a “civic religion.” To understand where and who we are as well as to understand our neighbors and country, we need to understand the roles of religion in our society. This seven-session course starts our thinking and may help us act responsibly.
SESSION TOPIC TITLES
*This course will meet on campus at Respect Graduate School once a week for two hours, and will last 7 weeks total.
A New Chosen People for the New World: Destiny and Experiment
Characteristics of American Culture and Religion: Moving From Pews to Politics
Mixed Motives: Americans as Crusaders, Missionaries, Humanitarians and Helpers
Twin American Dilemmas: Color and Class
Melting Pot, Stew or Mosaic: Fitting-In & Standing-Out With Integrity?
Toward Building Cultural-Religious Bridges: Faith-Based Models
Looking Back, Around and Forward: Where May We Go From Here
Instructor: Dr. Walter Wagner
When: Every Thursday Night, January 24 – March 7, 2019, from 7:00 -9:00 PM
Where: Respect Graduate School, 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017