Religion and Public Life: A Partnership of Convenience or Conviction?

Paul Simon

Article Type: Perspective

Publication Date: 7/1/1988

Issue: Our National Self-Understanding (Vol. 8, No 3, Summer, 1988)

The marriage of politics and religion does not result in an easy relationship, and it is one that both the political community and the religious community must approach with care. The United States has emerged with a working relationship between the religious sphere and the political, each influencing the other, but with neither playing a dominant role in the life of the other. That has proved to be healthy both for religion and for government. But we did not reach this point easily, and we will not proceed from here with ease.

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