What role should religion play in the public sphere, if any? How valid are the critiques of secular culture? In what ways can our religious traditions help us think about problems at home and abroad? What are our concerns regarding secularism, fundamentalism, and the political aspirations of conservative religious groups? To improve the quality of our public life—and reduce mistrust, hatred, and violence—we need to work together to address these challenging questions.
Douglas Challenger (New England Center for Civic Life)