Religion and Public Dialogue: Resources for Harmonzing the Religious and the Secular

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)


Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Brian Stiltner


Various intellectual and religious thinkers take different positions on the role of religion as a source of cultural conflict. This thesis proposes that each has something to contribute to the pursuit of the common good in pluralistic America, but that no single solution is adequate. Religious and scientific perspectives can come together to reinforce the empathy that is needed for a pluralistic society to thrive. Overcoming division will take all parties' firm commitment to acceptance of differences, compromise, and mutual civil dialogue.


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Studies.