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The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America's Foundersby Forrest Church
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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 ForrestChurch.
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 thefounders' 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 ourcountry and its government.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Returning to one of the cornerstone issues of American democracy, the author collects essential writings on the separation of church and state, including the words of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and many others.
Table of Contents
Introduction — In defense of religious liberty / Patrick Henry — The rights of the colonists / Samuel Adams — Baptist appeals for religious liberty / Isaac Backus — Colonial declarations of rights : Virginia / George Mason — Colonial declarations of rights : Massachusetts / John Adams — Memorial of the Hanover presbytery / Caleb Wallace — Notes on the state of Virginia / Thomas Jefferson — Memorial and remonstrance / James Madison — Against religious assessments / James Madison — Virginia statute for religious freedom / Thomas Jefferson — The landholder, no. 7 / Oliver Ellsworth — The rights of conscience / John Leland — Letters on religious laws / George Washington — Farewell address (selections) / George Washington — Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11 — A wall of separation / Thomas Jefferson — Epilogue. A detached memorandum / James Madison — Appendix. Of liberty of conscience and civil establishment of religion / Richard Price.
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