Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 9780674038189
  • Release Date: 2009-06-30
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: Philip HAMBURGER
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

In a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation in the First Amendment. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that eighteenth-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later. Hamburger shows that separation became a constitutional freedom largely through fear and prejudice. Jefferson supported separation out of hostility to the Federalist clergy of New England. Nativist Protestants (ranging from nineteenth-century Know Nothings to twentieth-century members of the K.K.K.) adopted the principle of separation to restrict the role of Catholics in public life. Gradually, these Protestants were joined by theologically liberal, anti-Christian secularists, who hoped that separation would limit Christianity and all other distinct religions. Eventually, a wide range of men and women called for separation. Almost all of these Americans feared ecclesiastical authority, particularly that of the Catholic Church, and, in response to their fears, they increasingly perceived religious liberty to require a separation of church from state. American religious liberty was thus redefined and even transformed. In the process, the First Amendment was often used as an instrument of intolerance and discrimination.

Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: democratic-authority-and-the-separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 9780199796083
  • Release Date: 2011-09-01
  • Number of pages: 180
  • Author: Robert Audi
  • Publisher: OUP USA

Democratic states must protect the liberty of citizens and must accommodate both religious liberty and cultural diversity. This democratic imperative is one reason for the increasing secularity of most modern democracies. Religious citizens, however, commonly see a secular state as unfriendly toward religion. This book articulates principles that enable secular governments to protect liberty in a way that judiciously separates church and state and fully respects religious citizens. After presenting a brief account of the relation between religion and ethics, the book shows how ethics can be independent of religion-evidentially autonomous in a way that makes moral knowledge possible for secular citizens-without denying religious sources a moral authority of their own. With this account in view, it portrays a church-state separation that requires governments not only to avoid religious establishment but also to maintain religious neutrality. The book shows how religious neutrality is related to such issues as teaching evolutionary biology in public schools, the legitimacy of vouchers to fund private schooling, and governmental support of "faith-based initiatives." The final chapter shows how the proposed theory of religion and politics incorporates toleration and forgiveness as elements in flourishing democracies. Tolerance and forgiveness are described; their role in democratic citizenship is clarified; and in this light a conception of civic virtue is proposed. Overall, the book advances the theory of liberal democracy, clarifies the relation between religion and ethics, provides distinctive principles governing religion in politics, and provides a theory of toleration for pluralistic societies. It frames institutional principles to guide governmental policy toward religion; it articulates citizenship standards for political conduct by individuals; it examines the case for affirming these two kinds of standards on the basis of what, historically, has been called natural reason; and it defends an account of toleration that enhances the practical application of the ethical framework both in individual nations and in the international realm.

The Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: the-separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 0897748522
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 189
  • Author: Darien Auburn McWhirter
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

This book discusses major separation of church and state issues that the Supreme Court has addressed.

Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 0881464775
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 227
  • Author: Frank Lambert
  • Publisher:

Frank Lambert tackles the central claims of the Religious Right historians who insist that America was conceived as a Christian State, that modern-day liberals and secularists have distorted and/or ignored the place of religion in American history, and that the phrase the separation of church and state does not appear in any of the founding documents and is, therefore, a myth created by the Left. He discusses what separates bad history from good history, and concludes that the self-styled historians of the Religious Right create a useful past that enlists the nations founders on behalf of present-day conservative religious and political causes. Lambert believes that the most effective means of critiquing such misuse of history is sound historical investigation that considers all the evidence, not just that which supports an authors biases, and draws reasonable conclusions grounded in historical context.

The Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: the-separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 9780807097076
  • Release Date: 2011-06-01
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Forrest Church
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

Now in paperback, a primer of essential writings about one of the cornerstones of our democracy by the original authors of the Constitution, edited by preeminant liberal theologian Forrest Church. Americans will never stop debating the question of church-state separation, and such debates invariably lead back to the nation’s beginnings and the founders’ intent. The Separation of Church and State presents a basic collection of the founders’ teachings on this topic. This concise primer gets past the rhetoric that surrounds the current debate, placing the founders’ vivid writings on religious liberty in historical perspective. Edited and with running commentary by Forrest Church, this important collection informs anyone curious about the original blueprint for our country and its government. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 9780817350352
  • Release Date: 2003-04-23
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Dina de-Malkhuta
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press

For the Jewish community, the end of the Middle Ages and the emergence of the modern nation-state brought the promise of equal citizenship as well as the possible loss of Jewish corporate identity. The legal maxim dina de-malkhuta dina (the law of the State is law) invoked in Talmidic times to justify the acceptance of the king’s law and qualified in the Middle Ages by Maimonides and Rashbam to include the requirement of consent by the governed underwent further redefinition by Jews in the Napoleonic age. Graff focuses on the struggle between 18th and 19th-century Jewish religious reformers and traditionalists in defining the limits of dina de-malkhuta dina. He traces the motivations of the reformers who, in their zeal to gain equality for the formerly disenfranchised Jewish communities in Western Europe, were prepared to render unto the State compromising authority over Jewish religious life under the rubric of dina de-malkhuta dina was intended to strike a balance between synagogue and state and not to be used as a pretext for the liquidation of the community’s corporate existence. Graff observes that the significance of dina de-malkhuta dina and its interpretation ids vital for an understanding of modern Jewish life as well as the relationship of Diaspora Jews to the Jewish community in the state of Israel.

Separation of Church and State What the Founders Meant

  • Filename: separation-of-church-and-state-what-the-founders-meant.
  • ISBN: 9781483502281
  • Release Date: 2013-06-25
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: David Barton
  • Publisher: BookBaby

This book is very timely for one of the most frequently debated issues in America: the separation of church and state. Where did this phrase originate? Was it always meant to prohibit expressions of religious faith in public settings as many claim today? Learn the answers to these questions and discover the Founding Fathers own words and intents in this book! With all these resources, you will be able to clearly understand the original intent of the Founding Fathers and be able to share those beliefs with others!

The Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: the-separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 9781477775097
  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Jason Porterfield
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

Having disassociated themselves from an oppressive government with a strong central religion, the Founding Fathers of the United States acknowledged the freedom to practice one's religion when writing the nation's constitution. Subsequent constitutional amendments further drew a line between the eccumenical and the secular. Detailed descriptions of Supreme Court cases on the topic offer readers a clearer understanding of the original intent behind separating church and state, as well as how interpretations of such matters have impacted U.S. legislation.

Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 0313347697
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 157
  • Author: Jonathan A. Wright
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

This tour of the American church/state issue revisits past controversies and personalities in the hope of enlightening present-day debates.

The Separation of Church State

  • Filename: the-separation-of-church-state.
  • ISBN: PSU:000054203082
  • Release Date: 2001-03-01
  • Number of pages: 187
  • Author: Stephen Strehle
  • Publisher: Huntington House Pub

The Separation of Church and State: Has America Lost Its Moral Challenges the notion that one can divorce religion from politics. The author contends that inalienable rights grew out of the western religious tradition of natural law, egalitarianism out of the universal scope of the Christian Gospel; democracy out of the polity of Puritan congregations; capitalism out of the Protestant work ethic. From a philosophical point of view, it is impossible to separate religious and political ideals. Human beings cannot live in self-sufficient autonomy; God is over all, in all, and through all.Stephen Strehle is a Professor of Religion at St. Leo University with doctoral degrees in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and the Universitt of Basel. He is a noted Reformation scholar with a number of books and articles to his credit

A Secular Faith

  • Filename: a-secular-faith.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015064750956
  • Release Date: 2006-01-01
  • Number of pages: 273
  • Author: Darryl G. Hart
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee

Analyzes the widening gap between religious and secular America throughout the past quarter century to present a faith-based argument for the absolute separation of church and state, explaining that Christian politics are inappropriate for a religiously diverse society and fundamentally misconstrue the meaning of the Christian religion.

Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: why-the-religious-right-is-wrong-about-separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: 9781615924103
  • Release Date: 2010-09-30
  • Number of pages: 281
  • Author: Robert Boston
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books

Award-winning journalist Robert Boston lambastes the zealots of the Religious Right for spreading misinformation about the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. Boston reveals how a band of ultraconservative religious groups with a political agenda - led primarily by televangelist Pat Robertson - is conducting a systematic war aginst the separation of church and state. The tactics of these groups are designed to exploit unfounded fears and turn the American people against the separationist principle. They will not rest, Boston says, until the United States has become a theocracy. To expose the Religious Right's blatant distortions of U.S. history and correct its skewed analysis of legal rulings, Boston objectively reviews the evolution of church/state relations in the United States and looks at how the separation principle has been applied by the courts. He also examines efforts by sectarian groups to win government support for their schools, the school prayer issue, the history of the free exercise of religion, and the controversial role of religion in the public square. Published in cooperation with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State

  • Filename: separation-of-church-and-state.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015015156857
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Number of pages: 196
  • Author: Robert L. Maddox
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company

A historical look at the issues involved in the separation of church and state by a man who firmly believes that this separation is vital in a democracy.

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