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.
, Forrest Church
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01 September 2018
Introduction 1. Patrick Henry: In Defense of Religious Liberty 2. Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists 3. Isaac Backus: Baptist Appeals for Religious Liberty 4. George Mason: Colonial Declarations of Rights: Virginia; John Adams: Colonial Declarations of Rights: Massachusetts 5. Caleb Wallace: Memorial of the Hanover Presbytery 6. Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia 7. James Madison: Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments 8. Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 9. Oliver Ellsworth: The Landholder, No. 7 10. John Leland: The Rights of Conscience 11. George Washington: Letters on Religious Laws 12. George Washington: Farewell Address (Selections) 13. The Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11 14. Thomas Jefferson: A Wall of Separation Epilogue-James Madison: A Detached Memorandum Appendix-Richard Price: Of Liberty of Conscience and Civil Establishment of Religion Sources Acknowledgments
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.
Reviews for The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America's Founders
A useful little volume . . . The separation of church and state is important, this collection suggests, because that's how the country was conceived. -Jeff Sharlet, The Revealer This brief primer includes some of the most eloquent and cogent arguments by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, [and] Patrick Henry that will help a contemporary audience understand the original reasoning behind the separation of church and state. -Catholic Opinion No longer will the earnest citizen need to rely on second- and third-hand versions of how separation of church and state came about-or what it really means. The Separation of Church and State is an invaluable handbook of primary sources for the perplexed-and the concerned-in today's whirlpool of contrary opinions and strident voices. -Edwin S. Gaustad, author of Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land: A History of Church and State in America