Religion in

REL 130.001
Religion, Politics, and Law

American flag and Lady Liberty. "Our Country." Vintage art from 1940.

Dr. Michael Altman

Office: 205 Manly Hall
Office Hours: M 10-11:00 am
Office Phone: (205)348-7223
Course: TR 2:00-3:15
Location: Manly 207

About Online Readings

Some of the course's online readings are placed in a "secure" folder; you can only access these PDF files (Portable Document Format, that can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) by clicking each link and then entering the username/password given to you in class.

If you have difficulty accessing these readings, contact the instructor by email.




This new course examines religion through the lenses of law, politics, and the history of the nation. Students will study the role of religion in liberal political theory, secularism, and the modern rise of the nation-state. This course will be particularly helpful to studetns interested in religious studies, history, political science, law, and philosophy. HU


Fall 2016 (PDF)

Books (required)

Lacorne, Denis
Religion in America: A Political History
Columbia University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780231151016


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