A Matter of Faith? Religion in the 2004 Election

December 2-3, 2005

How critical was religion in the 2004 presidential election? Opinions vary. John Kerry’s Catholicism, George W. Bush’s evangelicalism, and Howard Dean’s secularism were all themes in the campaign, each one underscoring a different intersection of religion and politics in the contemporary United States. But, in the end, how much did religion actually affect the ballots voter cast?

This conference will feature the nation’s leading scholars of religion and politics discussing whether religion shaped the 2004 election and, if so, how its influence was felt. As the nation’s premier Catholic university, and therefore one of the nation’s most prominent faith-based institutions of higher learning, the University of Notre Dame is uniquely situated to host this scholarly conversation about the role of religion in American politics. Following the event, the papers will be published in a volume edited by David E. Campbell, the conference organizer. This conference is one of a series of conferences offered during 2005 and 2006 as part of a generous grant from the Annenberg Foundation.