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No Establishment of Religion: America’s Original Contribution to Religious Liberty

T. Jeremy Gunn and John Witte


The focus of the volume is the historical background and meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, from the seventeenth century to the present. The text does not emphasize modern jurisprudence or current court decisions or current law, but the historical meaning of terms and concepts such as “religious freedom,” “separation of church and state,” “original intent,” “federalism,” “establishment of religion,” and “disestablishment.” The individual chapters approach their subjects from a variety of ideological and historical perspectives. Several chapters incl ... More

Keywords: Establishment Clause, separation of church and state, establishment of religion, religious freedom, original intent, disestablishment, James Madison, Blaine amendment, Everson v. Board of Education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860371
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. Jeremy Gunn, editor
Al Akhawayn University

John Witte, editor
Emory University

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