2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

The Judeo-Christian Identity and the Seperation of Church and State

Devin R. Gant
Dr. Dereck Daschke, Faculty Mentor

This work involves two interrelated topics: the notion of the American Judeo-Christian identity and the separation of church and state. The Judeo-Christian identity is an identity and phrase predominantly used by those in the “right wing” of the news media and political sphere. This phrase is used as a stand in for an exclusively Christian identity and ideology that is not recognized by the public and appears more inclusive and open minded than it is in actuality. Newscasters’ and elected officials’ defense of the Judeo-Christian identity has implications within the debate over the proper degree of separation between church and state. There are broader implications if the defense of this identity breaks that wall of separation or if it is permitted within our country.

Keywords: Religion, Judeo-Christian, Identity, Church, State, Separation of Church and State

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion
Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 210-3
Location: VH 1224
Time: 10:00

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