History of Religion in US Politics Set at GC

Dr. Truett Rogers, retired professor at West Virginia University’s Honors College, will teach a series of classes titled “The History of Religion in American Politics” on the McHenry Campus of Garrett College. The sessions are slated for Saturdays, Sept. 1 – Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sue Fowler, program director for Continuing Education & Workforce Development, explained that she and Dr. Rogers decided that election time would be appropriate for such a course offering. “Especially in this election season, it might help to better understand the role that religion has held in shaping the American political system,” Fowler said, adding: “The class promises to be lively.”

Dr. Rogers will begin with a brief history of religion and state relations up until the year 1789. He will talk about the formation of the two religious clauses in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the philosophy of separation or/and accommodation of religion in the American political system.

Many class sessions will be in a debate format exploring past and present religion and political issues, including the positions of the two major political parties and the two current candidates for the office of U.S. President. Topics such as: school prayer, teaching of evolution vs. creationism/intelligent design, stem cell research, censorship, same sex marriage, abortion and some compelling interests of government over religion such as: drugs in worship, polygamy, and serpent handling.

For more information or to register for this class person may call the Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development Division at 301-387-3069.