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The Second DisestablishmentChurch and State in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Steven Green

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195399677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399677.001.0001

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Revolutionary Disestablishment

Revolutionary Disestablishment

(p.15) 1 Revolutionary Disestablishment
The Second Disestablishment

Steven K. Green (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the intellectual foundations of the movement toward disestablishment during the revolutionary period. It argues that, while a variety of ideologies influenced the founders—Whig theories, classical and civic republicanism, Calvinism, evangelicalism—Enlightenment rationalism was dominant. The founders synthesized these ideologies into a coherent theory of republicanism that was secular in orientation. This chapter also examines political disestablishment at the state level, demonstrating the nation’s evolution toward greater religious equality.

Keywords:   enlightenment, Locke, Jefferson, Madison, Calvinism, republican, constitution, establishment, states

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