Church and state in America /

Examines the different roles played by church and state in considerations of religion throughout the history of the United States, beginning with concerns of the original colonists through the current debate about religion in schools.

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Main Author: Gaustad, Edwin S.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Oxford University Press, c1999.
Series:Religion in American life
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Main Author:Gaustad, Edwin S. (Edwin Scott)
Summary:Examines the different roles played by church and state in considerations of religion throughout the history of the United States, beginning with concerns of the original colonists through the current debate about religion in schools.

Should prayer be allowed in public schools? Should biology be taught according to Darwin or to the book of Genesis? Why is polygamy against the law? These are just a few of the questions that touch our lives directly and emerge out of the separation of church and state. In this volume, one ofthe most distinguished scholars of American religious history traces the complicated relationship of church and state from the early colonial period, through the unique American experiment in religious liberty after the Revolution, to the ongoing debate over religious issues in our schools andcommunities. Edwin Gaustad relates entertaining and edifying accounts of headline-grabbing court trials involving polygamy, witchcraft, and church taxation. He quotes moving passages from the speeches and writings of American Presidents and Supreme Court justices to prove that, as Michelangelo oncesaid, "religious liberty is made up of a series of trifles, but religious liberty is no trifle."General Editors: Jon Butler and Harry S. Stout, both at Yale UniversityReligion in American Life explores the evolution, character, and dynamics of religion in America from 1500 to the present day. Written by distinguished religious historians, these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious fabric of the United States, from Puritanism toalternative religious practices. Primary source material coupled with handsome illustrations and lucid text make these books essential in any exploration of Americas diverse nature. Each book includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and index.

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Physical Description:157 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-154) and index.
ISBN:0195106792 (alk. paper)
Author Notes:

Edwin S. Gaustad, Emeritus Professor, University of California, Riverside.

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