Biden's inaugural address bolsters civil religion

Biden's inaugural address acknowledged the many challenges our country faces while also appealing to our nation's values: our collective responsibility to come together to solve problems and preserve American democracy. This articulation, says John Carlson, interim director at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, draws heavily on the concept of "civil religion."

Listen to Carlson's interview with Steve Goldstein on NPR KJZZ's The Show as they discuss how civil religion provides a vocabulary not only for how we think about unity, but why we pursue it and why it's needed.

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