“Catholic Citizenship and American Politics”

"Catholic Citizenship and American Politics"
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Prepare for the upcoming election by joining us for our next Discipulus course, “Catholic Citizenship and American Politics” with Dr. Christopher Duncan. The course will take place on Thursdays, September 17th and 24th, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, at the Cardinal Rigali Center from 7pm – 8:30pm.

Course Description

The theologian Karl Barth asserted that “there is no private Christianity.” The Christian God entered the World through Jesus Christ, and is thus engaged in human history. In turn, the Church, and all those who consider themselves part of the mystical body of Christ, must themselves accept responsibility for the world we share. This means that at least at the broad level, the Catholic citizen must accept the burdens and joys of the political world and citizenship. However, for people of faith this is no simple thing. The choices and debates in American political life are fraught with difficult and even tragic dilemmas for those who want to practice their faith conscientiously as they enact their role of democratic citizen. This course is designed to help clarify both the American context of faithful citizenship and the praxis of citizenship by those who seek to walk by faith in the pubic square.

Course Outline

September 17            The Politics of Jesus: An Introduction

September 24           The American Liberal Tradition and Jefferson’s Wall of Separation

October 1                    The Catholic Social Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching

(October 8 – no class)

October 15                  Forming Catholic Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

October 22                 The Sacredness of the Human Person: Life Issues and Catholic Praxis

October 29                The Least Among Us: Economic Issues and Catholic Praxis


Christopher M. Duncan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Louis University and the previous Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches courses in political theory, faith and politics, and American government. His forthcoming book: Radical Conversion: Theorizing Catholic Citizenship in the American Liberal Tradition will be published by Cascade Books in the coming year.

Event Details

Date(s) - September 17, 2020 - October 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cardinal Rigali Center

Presented by:
Discipulus Institute

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