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Religion is an unending source of curiosity and controversy. Religious pluralism is an increasingly inescapable part of public life – … Continued

Religion is an unending source of curiosity and controversy. Religious pluralism is an increasingly inescapable part of public life – in the U.S. and around the world.

Georgetown/On Faith, a partnership between Georgetown University and Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, is designed to provide knowledge, inform debate, and promote greater dialogue and understanding across religious traditions.

The fit is excellent. On Faith, the leading online conversation about religion, brings together thought leaders and the public for vibrant exchanges. Georgetown, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit University in America, welcomes students of all faith traditions and is a global leader in the interdisciplinary study of religion and its role in world affairs. Georgetown/On Faith will enrich online conversations with university-based knowledge resources and engage Georgetown faculty – and students – in discussions beyond the classroom.

On Faith already features contributions by several Georgetown scholars and students. Georgetown/On Faith will deepen collaboration through faculty blogs, interactive forums, and jointly hosted Washington, DC, based events.

Our collaboration began with an April 2007 symposium on “What it Means to Be Muslim in America.” The event brought Muslim leaders together with students, faculty, and members of the DC community. Questions and answers were blogged live on On Faith.

The new Georgetown/On Faith site features a blog by Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, The God Vote, on the role of faith in the 2008 elections. Berlinerblau, the Director of Georgetown’s Program for Jewish Civilization, is a leading authority on religious rhetoric in presidential politics. The blog features links back to the Faith 2008 Database, a searchable collection of candidates’ statements about religion hosted by Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

In the weeks and months ahead, more blogs, forums, events, and on-line resources will engage pressing issues at the intersection of religion, culture, politics, and world affairs.

Let us see what a leading global university and a global media leader can accomplish together in this crucial area.

Dr. Thomas Banchoff is Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.

By Tom Banchoff | 
July 9, 2007; 8:40 AM ET

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