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The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine

Steven K. Green


The Bible, the School, and the Constitution traces the origins of one of the more contentious controversies heard by the United States Supreme Court: the intersection of religion and education. The book demonstrates that the legal basis for the modern Court’s decisions regarding Bible reading in the public schools and the public funding of religious schools arose during the nineteenth century, culminating in the decade following the Civil War. This controversy—called the “School Question” —coincided with the evolution of American public education and asked whether the nation shoul ... More

Keywords: Bible reading, common schools, nonsectarianism, Catholic schooling, church and state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827909
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827909.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven K. Green, author
Willamette University