The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America's Founders

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F. Forrester Church
Beacon Press, 2004 - 160 страници
A primer of essential writings about one of the cornerstones of our democracy

Certain basic issues will always be debated in our country, even without a presidential election at stake. One of the most important of these is the separation of church and state. On this issue, Americans constantly interpret and reinterpret the intentions of America's founders. Now, they will have a collection of the most eloquent writings of the founders to help them understand the original reasoning behind this separation.

Forrest Church, well-known writer and religious leader, son of former senator Frank Church, has used his considerable knowledge about this subject to bring together these writings for modern readers. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, Patrick Henry—these are just some of the leaders who wrote movingly about the need to separate religion and government. This concise primer will get past the rhetoric that surrounds the current debate and deliver instead specific writings by the original authors of the Constitution.

Edited and introduced by Church, this volume will inform readers about the founders' original vision and will stand as a timely reminder of how important this fundamental separation is to our way of life.
 

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Patrick Henry
1
Samuel Adams
7
Isaac Backus
16
George Mason
26
Caleb Wallace
36
Notes on the State of Virginia
45
Thomas Jefferson
57
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
72
John Leland
87
George Washington
104
George Washington
112
Treaty of Tripoli Article n
121
EPILOGUE
131
APPENDIX
145
SOURCES
158
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Oliver Ellsworth
78

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Forrest Church (1948-2009) served for almost three decades as senior minister and was minister of public theology at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. He wrote or edited twenty-five books, including" Love & Death."

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

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