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Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law$
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Kristine Kalanges

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199859467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859467.001.0001

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Theological and Philosophical Origins of Religious Liberty in the U.S. Constitution

Theological and Philosophical Origins of Religious Liberty in the U.S. Constitution

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(p.26) Chapter 2 Theological and Philosophical Origins of Religious Liberty in the U.S. Constitution
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Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law
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Kristine Kalanges

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859467.003.0002

This chapter discusses the early modern origins of freedom of religion in the Protestant Reformation (including the contributions of Martin Luther and John Calvin), the genesis of the “American constitutional experiment in religious liberty” (noting, especially, the influence of Roger Williams, John Locke, and James Madison), and the formulation of religious freedom in and subsequent jurisprudence of the First Amendment (e.g., the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses).

Keywords:   Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, John Calvin, religious freedom, Roger Williams, John Lock, James Madison, First Amendment

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