The role of the church and state debate
Directions: Over the course of the next hour you and your table group will research and
debate the following resolution:
Resolved: Since the church should have an indispensible role within the state, war in
the name of religion is both necessary and acceptable.
To do this you will be divided into affirmative teams—those that agree with the
resolution—and negative teams—those that disagree with the resolution. Since the
resolution is two parts, team members will have to spend time researching and forming
opinions in different areas. At least one person should research the role of the church
within the state and the other the conundrum of war in the name of religion. There is,
however, one wrinkle: since we are all modern democratic thinkers, many of us would
naturally disagree with the resolution and find ample evidence supporting this claim in
things like, say, the Constitution of the United State; so, while the affirmative team may
use examples from the middle ages until present day, the negative team may not use
evidence that occurred or was written after the year 1650 in their argument.
You will have most of the period to research and will then have your debate. Debate and
reflection direction will be given orally when necessary. This will be a major participation
grade. Good luck!