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Farewell to Christendom: The Future of Church and State in America

Thomas J. Curry

Abstract

Protestantism abandoned Christendom by way of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and Catholicism did the same in the Declaration of Religious Liberty of the Second Vatican Council. Because scholars have misinterpreted and manipulated the historical background of the meaning of the Free Exercise of Religion and Establishment of Religion, they have led legislators and judges back into the problem of Church and State that prevailed in Christendom, and that the Amendment solved. As a result, the Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment has reached a point of deep confusion and ... More

Keywords: Bill of Rights, Christendom, Declaration on Religious Freedom, Establishment of Religion, First Amendment, Free Exercise of Religion, religious neutrality, Second Vatican Council, Supreme Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145694
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145690.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Curry, author