Friday, November 2, 2007

Tocqueville 2.0

Another Tocqueville post for installment #4 this nine weeks.

One of your U.S. history classmates sent along this article about Tocqueville, which I think helpfully provides a way to extend the discussion we started this week. You may also want to listen to the first 4 or 5 minutes of this radio show from the great program Speaking of Faith. This show is titled "The Religious Roots of American Democracy."

So, just like the questions I posed for the previous extra credit Tocqueville essay, I ask them again here in light of this essay and radio program:

1. According to Tocqueville, is religion a necessary part of democratic society? Why or why not?

2. Do you think Tocqueville agreed or disagreed with the First Amendment? Why or why not?

And a third question:

3. If Tocqueville were around today what do you think he would say about the relationship between religion and democracy and America's future--particularly in an age of war, globalization, etc.?

I look forward to hearing what you have to say, especially after this week's discussion of Tocqueville.

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