MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

In Gods We Trust (1S)

Biography

Get ready for an eye-opening journey through the heart of America’s religious tapestry! In this exciting new course, we will learn about the historical development of the beliefs and practices of the three dominant religions in our country – Jews, Christians, and Muslims – in the context of our Constitution’s First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of and from religion. Whether you’re religious, a skeptic, “or spiritual but not religious,” all are welcome to critically examine how these religions influence contemporary debates about religion’s role in government, policy, sports, and media. Because religion is alive, ever-changing, and practiced, we will engage with faith leaders from all three traditions and visit places of worship. We will not shy away from any of the vital questions: How do these religions provide meaning and purpose in people’s lives? How do individuals from these religious backgrounds navigate their religious identities within America? What role do these religions play in division, conflict, and violence in U.S. society? How do these religions intersect with contemporary issues such as electoral politics, civil rights, immigration, gender and sexuality, and global conflict? What are the historical and contemporary examples of interfaith dialogue and cooperation? Through various projects, including organizing a Menlo School interfaith summit, we will grow in our religious literacy and intercultural competence while having a lot of fun doing it! No prerequisite – open to all juniors and seniors and to sophomores, if space is available.

Honors option available to juniors and seniors. 

Open to seniors and juniors, and sophomores if space is available.