The primary objective of the Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life is to examine the relationship between religion, civic activity, and liberal democracy. The center considers, in the context of free democratic systems, the connection between religion and the citizen's identity.
However, the center also scrutinizes the relationship between religion and politics in other systems of government, such as a theocracy or monarchy.
Thus, the Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life is engaged in a continuing assessment of the following question: Does religious identity determine political identity, or does political identity determine religious identity?
The center is a place where scholars can gather to give individual lectures or to present papers as part of a symposium. On the level of data collection and dissemination, the center is a repository of information, whether in the form of a library, databases, and general reference, for professors, students, and others examining the topic of religion and public life. In addition, the center functions as a neutral milieu for people of opposing viewpoints to meet and consider conflict and resolution.