Event—Adult Education

"Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic": Religious Skepticism in America


What is the fate of religious skeptics in the United States?

Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life (2018) by Isaac Kramnick and R. Moore

Class Description

America is arguably one of the most religious nations among the Western world. Indeed, being religious— especially Christian— helps define what it means to be an American. This has at times relegated atheists, and even religious skeptics, to second-class status socially, culturally, and politically.

In this class, we will explore the fate of "the ungodly in a godly republic."

Bryan Le Beau, PhD, retired as Vice President of Academic Affairs, continues to teach at Georgetown and the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  He is the author of several books on American cultural and religious history, including the two-volume History of Religion in America (Routledge). 

Materials List


First Reading:

  • Please read the Prologue of Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic for the first session.

Cost and Registration

Four sessions, $205 ($184.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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