A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty: The Constitutional Heritage of the Religion Clauses

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990 - Law - 172 pages

Here is a concise overview of the historical development and judicial interpretation of the First Amendment religion clauses. It begins with a survey of the history of American religious liberty, goes on to present the views of the Founding Fathers, and then considers the core value of religious liberty and the constitutional purposes that implement that value.

the book ends on a practical note by applying these principles to questions of equal access, religious symbolism in public life, and the task of defining religion for constitutional purposes. As the authors note in their introduction, "the historical principles that animate the religion clauses are more than an abstract intellectual exercise. . . . They provide an essential context for guiding the resolution of modern religious liberty issues."


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The Constitutional Period
The Political Centrists
Chapter Four The Animating Principles of
The Principle of Accommodation
The Constitutional Definition of Religion
Isaac Backus An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty 1773
Thomas Jefferson A Bill For Establishing

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Before becoming counsel to the law firm of Schnader, Arlin M. Adams served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1987. His professional and civic leadership has been evident throughout the length of his distinguished career. In 2001 Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna to honor his many achievements, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship on Constitutional Law in his honor in 2005. Charles J. Emmerich is Professor of Legal Studies at Olivet Nazarene University, where he is the founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Culture. From 1969 to 1986 Warren E. Burger served as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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