Saturday, May 31, 2008

UM seminar on religions in America' s politics

Although the United States is a scientifically as well as technologically advanced secular republic, its politics has always been controversially influenced by religious discourses. To try to comprehend the causes, pros and cons of this contradiction, Professor Dr. Joseph R. Stimpfl from the Department of Religious Studies, Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, is delivering an academic lecture very succintly titled “Render unto Caesar... Conflicts concerning Church and State in Contemporary America" on 5 June (Thurs) from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm at Universiti Malaya's Rumah Universiti. It is open to the public.

Watching US presidential election in Malaysia


Blogger Monsterball said...

The founders of the original 13 American colonies were deeply religious people. But they were also descended from people who had fled religious persecution in England and Europe, and were determined to keep religion separate from government.

So you have a seeming contradiction of a deeply religious country which is also by constitution a secular state.

That dichotomy , almost a schizophrenia exists till today. They never quite solved the problem, and I suspect they never will. It still causes all kinds of trouble with American politics.

6:50 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

excellent insight indeed.

7:08 AM  

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