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The Religious Roots of the First AmendmentDissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State$
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Nicholas P. Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858361.001.0001

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Back to the Future of Church and State

Back to the Future of Church and State

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(p.156) Epilogue Back to the Future of Church and State
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The Religious Roots of the First Amendment
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Nicholas P. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858361.003.0007

This chapter summarizes the three main competing views of church and state in America. The first is the medieval model of an establishment, which was promoted by the puritans. The second is the dissenting Protestant model, characterized by a respectful separation of church and state. The final one is the liberal model view, which is that church and state should be separate because of the inferior, and basically irrational, world view of the church and religious believers.

Keywords:   separation of church and state, secularism and religion, Samuel Puffendorf, Pierre Bayle

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