Heidi Ravven

Professor of Religious Studies Heidi Ravven was recently appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School of Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (GMU).

Ravven will work with GMU’s Marc Gopin and others to develop a new civil religion for America. Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution and Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at the Carter School.

According to Ravven, the project builds upon two insights — “the need to convey a naturalistic scientific worldview to the American public at large” and “the need to revive and enhance attachment to pluralist democratic values and institutions.” She said that both can be accomplished through the remaking of American civil religion.

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