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Farewell to ChristendomThe Future of Church and State in America$
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Thomas J. Curry

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145694

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195145690.001.0001

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Setting the Context

Setting the Context

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(p.7) One Setting the Context
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Farewell to Christendom
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Thomas J. Curry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195145690.003.0002

Outlines the extent to which modern scholars have strayed from an understanding of the history surrounding the First Amendment, and elevated logic over history. Instead of recognizing religious liberty as a “natural right,” and the Constitution as a limitation on government, they have interpreted the First Amendment as augmenting the power of government. This development has brought about what both James Madison and Alexander Hamilton especially feared.

Keywords:   Constitution, First Amendment, Alexander Hamilton, limitation on government, James Madison, natural right, religious liberty

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